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February 20, 2011

Did She Really Just Say That?

Filed under: Health Care,In The News,Politics — Ken @ 4:43 pm

If you haven’t seen the above video yet, take a moment and watch it now – I want to point out the part of the video many are missing… Go ahead, I’ll wait.

While many focus on Congresswoman Speier’s “admission” that she had an abortion, there is something else in her defense that jumped out at me – he equating Haliburton with Planned Parenthood.

Did she really just say that?

Here’s the quote (1:45 into the above video clip):

There is a vendetta against Planned Parenthood, and it was played out in this room tonight. Planned Parenthood has a right to operate. Planned Parenthood has a right to provide services for family planning. Planned Parenthood has a right to offer abortions – last time you checked, abortions were legal in this country. Now you may not like Planned Parenthood – so be it. There’s many on our side of the aisle that don’t like Haliburton. And Haliburton is responsible for extortion, for bribery, for ten cases of misconduct in the federal database, for a $7 billion dollar sole-source contract. But do you see us over here, filing amendments to wipe out funding for Haliburton? No, because frankly that would be irresponsible.

Where to start?

Wait, I know – let’s start with her simple assertion that the “responsible” thing for Congress to do is to overlook problems with Haliburton – really? And why is that the “responsible” thing to do? Is it because Haliburton provides vital logistical support for our military operations overseas? Is that really equivalent to offering up family planning counseling? I think not.

But, the reall issue is the assertion that Democrats have peacefully “tolerated” Haliburton – please, don’t insult my intelligence.

How could any person pay attention to either of the last two presidential elections (2004 and 2008) and conclude that Democrats are “tolerating” Haliburton?

Finally, there is the “existential” question – denying Planned Parenthood federal funding does not conscript the organization to oblivion. From Wikipedia:

Planned Parenthood receives about a third of its money in government grants and contracts ($349.6 million in the 2008 fiscal year). A coalition of national and local pro-life groups have lobbied the federal government to stop funding Planned Parenthood.[33] Federal legislators have also proposed laws that would ban Planned Parenthood from receiving federal money for any purpose.[34] By law, Planned Parenthood cannot allocate any federal funding for abortions;[33] however, abortion opponents argue that allocating money to Planned Parenthood for the provision of other medical services “frees up” funds for abortion.[34]

Source: Wikipedia Planned Parenthood entry

If three-quarters of their budget/operating expenses comes from the government (as noted above), than eliminating funding for the group may cause them to cease operating their clinics, and doesn’t that strengthen the argument that any money given to Planned Parenthood enabled them to offer abortions, since the lack of funding would cause them to stop offering those services?

Finally, regarding the Congresswoman’s abortion, she posted this on her official government website:

Last night, I spoke on the House floor about a painful time in my life when the pregnancy that my husband and I prayed for was unsuccessful. I had what’s called dilation and evacuation or d & e. The fetus slipped from my uterus into my vagina and could not survive. Today some news reports are implying that I wanted my pregnancy to end, but that is simply not true. I lost my baby.

Source: Congresswoman Speier’s official website

So, got that, at 17 weeks, it’s a baby – so abortions at the 17th week or later are terminating the life of a baby.

Finally, despite her feigned reluctance to speak on this, did anyone else notice that Rep. Speier had a list of offenses Haliburton committed – she refers to the podium between each item she rattles off, “off the top of her head” because she “really planned on speaking about something else.” How lucky for us you happen to have those notes detailing offenses from an organization Democrats are so “tolerant” of…

I’d like to thank House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office for making this video available on YouTube.


YouTube video: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) In Opposition to the Pence Amendment

Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s official Website
Haliburton Corporate Website

Planned Parenthood Website Haliburton webpage

Wikipedia: Planned Parenthood entry


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