Sneaky stuff in Ohio

esh_gaApril 20, 2012

Now this is the way to get things done:

Republican state representatives in Ohio slipped an amendment into the state's substitute budget bill on Tuesday that puts family planning clinics like Planned Parenthood at the bottom of funding priorities and blocks them from receiving funding for cancer screenings and HIV and domestic violence services.

Defunding Planned Parenthood through Ohio's budget bill is a way for GOP lawmakers to pass the measure without having to vote on a separate bill, which would likely cause controversy. The Planned Parenthood amendment, introduced by Republicans in the House Finance Committee on Tuesday, puts family planning clinics that provide abortions in the bottom tier of priority for Title X funds, making it more likely that the state will run out of money before it can provide any funding to Planned Parenthood.

The amendment further prohibits federal funds from the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Violence Against Women Act, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act and the Infertility Prevention Project from going to Planned Parenthood or any other family planning clinic that provides abortions.

The GOP-controlled House is expected to vote on the budget bill next week and pass it, with the amendment attached.

"This House seems to stop at nothing to attack women and their reproductive rights, and in this case, their access to basic health care and cancer screenings," State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent), a member of the House Finance Committee, told HuffPost. "It's just a very tough legislature to be a part of."

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Ohio said that of its 37 health centers, only three perform abortions, and none of the $1.7 million it receives in federal funding annually is used to pay for abortions. Opponents of the amendment are concerned that many of the rural and low-income women in Ohio who rely on Planned Parenthood clinics for basic health and family planning services will not have any nearby alternative if Planned Parenthood is stripped of funding.

Republicans on the Finance Committee, however, "seem to be burying their head in the sand on that issue," Clyde said. "We've heard some pretty clear testimony that the services are not available -- there's already wait times, not enough doctors out there offering these services -- but the Republicans seem to think that other types of health centers can pick up all of the extra demand and absorb all of these patients. I think that is completely false."

Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life, lauded the amendment in a statement. "Ohio's abortion industry will no longer feed at the taxpayer trough. Instead, these dedicated health care funds will be offered to those entities where a vast majority of low-income women and their children seek responsible and life-saving services," he said.

I though we had established that taxpayer money does not pay for abortions. Why do they keep using that line?

Here is a link that might be useful: source of course

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Because if you repeat a LIE often enough the sheep bleat !

.....on your mark, get set

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 4:10PM
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Compassionate Conservative eugenics??? Stop paying for health care, food, etc. for the poor and hope they die off??

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 4:31PM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Remember, there is no Republican 'war on women' -- we're just imagining that all this is happening.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 5:34PM
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It's all just getting so appalling... I'm embarrassed and ashamed of what my country is becoming.

And they're not even sneaking around any longer... they're coming right out and saying, basically, "We are a greedy, patriarchal group afraid of minorities and women, and we care more about profit than people. We are going to force everyone into our way of belief, whether you want to go along with the program, or not."

We cannot remove these overzealous idiots from office fast enough! They care not one whit for the people of this nation... excepting what they think they can gain from us.

It's not surprising that US ex-pat communities are growing all around the globe... our nation is on the brink of something terrible.

Several other nations have learned from their mistakes, or the mistakes of other nations... why hasn't the US?

We're taking what was once one of the best ideas a group of men had, one that grew through changes and mistakes into what I thought was going to one day be simply spectacular, and we are demonizing it, tearing it asunder... turning it into something ugly and unsustainable.

If we don't stop what's happening, we ARE going to find ourselves receding into a history we should not revisit. We are turning into a fascist, theocratic plutocracy.

If we cannot reverse this process, I may abandon ship and leave it to the rats.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 6:25PM
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It's always no surprise when threads like this one sink fast with nary a complaint from the right. As other have noted within other threads... the silence tells the story.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 5:55AM
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If Dems are smart they will make much about what is happening at a State level during the national election.

If I was an American woman I would be very worried about what a Republican controlled Washington will do.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 7:52AM
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Yes, we need the discussion to move into everyone's view. Doonesbury couldn't do it, but perhaps smaller inroads can be made:

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 8:08AM
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Of course there is no war.

Maybe you need to bring up dog meat or something if you want some attention for this non event...

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 2:03PM
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marquest(z5 PA)

It is the assumption that there are not enough intelligent women out there that know what is happening.

When you see the polls the Republican Party has lost the majority of the woman vote. I think they are underestimating the power of the Real Today Woman. We read, work, own homes, cars, support ourselves independent of male need for survival. We are equal mates they are not our master, at least not the majority of women.

That woman of the 60s that could not think for herself and support herself without bowing down to a man to survive is a thing of the past. There are a few still that are in that 60s position but not enough to carry this outdated thinking. We see a few here and there but it is not the majority in this century.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 2:39PM
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Actually Marquest that is exactly "what is happening here" :)

...."The days of Ozzie and Harriet have faded into the past"

"married couples have dropped below half of all American households for the first time, the Census Bureau says"

Married couples represented just 48 percent of American households in 2010, according to data being made public Thursday and analyzed by the Brookings Institution. This was slightly less than in 2000, but far below the 78 percent of households occupied by married couples in 1950.

NYTimes (May,2011)

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 2:49PM
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Also, I don't think some people realize the power that social networking plays in passing along the message. There are thousands of people, thousands and thousands of women interacting, and so many men in supporting roles, agreeing with their women, standing beside us, worried about the future their daughters might face...

It's amazing, really... amazing how technology is spreading the word and the ideas, the schedules for meetings and organizing... we are not just a few souls. We are a huge group... HUGE!

And we'll be using our votes to express those feelings come November.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 2:53PM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

At the national level, there's some understanding of what the out-of-control GOP-dominated state legislatures have been doing. So courting the TPers has had some unexpected consequences for the Republicans.

From the front page of the Los Angeles edition of the NYT: Concern in G.O.P. Over State Focus on Social Issues Fiscal issues and union rights were front and center in many Republican-controlled legislatures last year. But this year, with the nation heading into the heart of a presidential race and voters consumed by the country's economic woes, much of the debate in statehouses has centered on social issues...

The recent flurry of socially conservative legislation, on issues ranging from expanding gun rights to placing new restrictions on abortion, comes as Republicans at the national level are eager to refocus attention on economic issues.

Some Republican strategists and officials, reluctant to be identified because they do not want to publicly antagonize the party's base, fear that the attention these divisive social issues are receiving at the state level could harm the party's chances in November, when its hopes of winning back the White House will most likely rest with independent voters in a handful of swing states.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 5:16PM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes(5)

If Dems are smart they will make much about what is happening at a State level during the national election.

Chase, that's a good thought. Except, most of the Democrats are busy covering their own dirt and don't want it brought to the surface, so they remain quiet.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 9:08AM
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What dirt would that be?

We know both parties are riddled with corruption, but it seems a little unfair that Republican officials are using this time to rope and corral women and other minorities by pushing through legislation that has more to do with morals and religious ideals... and a lot less to do with helping our economic woes or ending wars we should never have gotten involved in.

To the average bystander, it looks more like the Republicans are making a last ditch effort to control religion and morality... and couldn't give a hoot about jobs and whether homeless and hunger issues grow.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 9:20AM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes(5)

So we have local Republicans taking over religion and morality while Washington, namely the White House, takes away civil liberties.

It's a team effort for both parties. Two evils with one goal: Control of the people. The other side of the evil gets your vote.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 9:33AM
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So we have local Republicans taking over religion and morality while Washington, namely the White House, takes away civil liberties.

So women's rights are not civil liberties?

Got it.

Also, "taking over" religion and "morality"?? To begin with.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 10:35AM
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