House Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood In Grand Exercise In Futility

Today, the House voted 241-187 to defund Planned Parenthood for a year. Before you get nervous at all , SPOILER ALERT — there is literally no chance of this happening. It’s not going to pass the Senate, and even if it did, President Obama isn’t going to sign off on it. It was, for all intents and purposes, an exercise in futility.

Well, except for the part where these dolts are going to try and shut the government down in hopes of forcing everyone to just go along with them, because that is how democracy works! Just like a hostage situation!

The House also voted in favor of another bill that made virtually no sense, and which would encourage the prosecution of doctors who “abort” babies who are “born” during an abortion and surviving outside of the womb. Which is not a thing that happens. Like these people actually think that there are abortions in which the mother actually gives birth, and then the doctor just, I don’t know, smothers the fetus with a pillow or something. That’s not abortion! That’s … something else entirely.

Those who voted in favor of the bill claim they did so largely because of the bullshit Planned Parenthood “exposé” videos circulating the internet. Which means I guess we’re going to have to hope that no one shows these people any of those YouTube videos about how Michael Jackson was killed by the Illuminati.

ANYWAY, my favorite highlight from this grossness? Rep. Steve King of Iowa only voted “present” on the bill because it wasn’t horrific enough for his tastes, and he was super mad that it allowed exceptions for abortion for the life of the mother. Because he thinks not enough women are dying in childbirth these days.

Eric Ferrero, Vice President of Communications for Planned Parenthood Action Fund, released the following statement in response to the vote:

“It’s no wonder that solid majorities of the public disapprove of the job Congress is doing and overwhelmingly support Planned Parenthood. These bills are a callous attempt to insert politics into women’s health, and we’re grateful that the Senate and the president will stop them from becoming law. Millions of Americans rely on Planned Parenthood for birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and other critical preventive care, and nothing that politicians in Congress did today will change the fact that our doors remain open to everyone, in every part of this country, who needs high-quality, compassionate reproductive health care.”

Again – and I can’t believe how many times I’ve had to type this recently – due to the Hyde Amendment, abortions are not ever covered by government funds. So what this bill would do would be to cut out funding for all the other services Planned Parenthood provides! And there would still be abortions! Because abortions are legal, and women pay for them themselves, or with their insurance!

Please excuse me while I go slam my head up against a wall.

[Newsweek]