Scott Brown announced earlier this week that he is not against federally funding family planning.
Among other things, here's what Scott Brown said:
"I support family planning and health services for women".
The Scott Brown spinmeister at MCFL sent out a press release to explain how to crack the code on this one -I'll get to that in a minute. Here is the rest of Brown's statement:
Brown, a Bay State Republican, said in a statement. “Given our severe budget problems, I don’t believe any area of the budget is completely immune from cuts. However, the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far. As we continue with our budget negotiations, I hope we can find a compromise that is reasonable and appropriate.”…
Here's what I understand Anne Fox believes the prolife position is on giving federal money to abortionists: When politicians oppose eliminating funding to abortionists, they are NOT in favor of funding it.
This of course is patently ridiculous.
If you are not in favor of funding abortionists, your position would be in favor of eliminating their federal funding.
Brown has dug himself into a hole. Anne Fox is in the hole with him because she and MCFL have been lying and covering up Brown's prochoice position to rally up Scottt Brown fans from the prolife trenches.
Let me explain how Brown is putting lipstick on the pig.
Brown is trying to say that he is in favor of giving money to abortionists because they provide other services, like birth control and vaccines to women.
If you remember, Kermit Gosnell had vaccines in his back room along with jars filled with babies feet and other body parts.
Pretending we need abortionists to give out flu shots and birth control is one the ways politicians back door federal funding to abortionists. It is political chicanery.
For the record, Catholics teach other Catholic women the perils of birth control pills and the sole use of the gift of human sexuality as a means of physical pleasure. When we have the opportunity, we explain to non-Catholics how they are robbing themselves of real sexual intimacy, planting seeds for breast cancer and circumventing God's Divine plan for their lives. We are NOT in favor of exploiting women in this way, sexualizing them, making them recepticles for semen in their relationships, but we are not in the habit of public advocacy to outlaw contraception.
Catholics certainly are opposed to using our tax dollars for it because we know the harm it does to women and their relationships and to God. If Brown's intentions were providing "decent quality" healthcare to women, gynecologists give out birth control and primary care physicians give out vaccines. He wouldn't be sending women to back alley abortionists and the Kermit Gosnells of this world. The money provided to abortionists is used for other expenses - electricity, heat, payroll -- which frees up other money to provide abortions on the cheap. Even Anne Fox admits this in her press release.
Here's how the Tea Partisan put it:
If federal money went towards PP’s abortion practice, he’d have to vote no, but since it’s earmarked for contraception and unrelated services (which of course frees up other money at PP to apply towards abortions), well, that’s A-OK. Behold the dilemma of a Massachusetts Republican, forever inching his way along a political tightrope.
By the way, for you prolifers out there who have been taking Anne Fox at her word, Brown has repeatedly made his prochoice position clear. Here is a straightforward statement from the transcript from Barbara Walter's interview with Scott Brown (You can read the transcript in its entirety HERE).:
WALTERS: Let's talk about another rising star in the Republican party -- Sarah Palin. Do you think that Sarah Palin is presidential material?
BROWN: Well -- well, sure. I mean, she's been a mayor, and a governor. And -- and has a lot of -- a national following. But I think the more people in a presidential race, the better. She's never contacted us, and vice-versa.
WALTERS: Let's talk about some of your specific views. You are pro-choice, yes?
(As Charlie Sheen says) 'WINNING!'
Anne Fox's most recent in the series of Scott Brown crack-the-code press releases is below. If you can make heads or tails out of it, please let me know.
Anne has turned MCFL into a puppet for politicians who support abortion. I can't figure out who the puppeteer is - are wealthy Republicans pulling her strings?
Whoever and whatever it is, her leadership and strategies have been catastrophic for the prolife movement in Massachusetts. Mass Citizens for Life has been driven into the ground.
Our efforts to rationally discuss the problem have failed.
It is lousy servitude to the unborn - and more importantly to Christ - for us to be paralyzed because we are afraid to hurt Anne's feelings. Let's blow up the balloons. It's time for the retirement party.
The main stream media "reports" that Sen. Brown has come out in favor of funding Planned Parenthood. That is not actually what he said.
"I support family planning and health services for women. Given our severe budget problems, I don't believe any area of the budget is completely immune from cuts. However, the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far. As we continue with our budget negotiations, I hope we can find a compromise that is reasonable and appropriate."
The reporting has confused the provision of H.R. 1 that zeroes out Title X for the rest of the fiscal year (on which MCFL has taken no position), with the Pence Amendment, which does NOT reduce funding for Title X but which denies federal funding, from any program, for PPFA and its affiliates. Brown clearly expressed disagreement with the former provision, but he made no comment on the Pence Amendment.
Brown has pledged to vote against abortion funding. Title X money is not supposed to be used for abortions. Of course you are right - the funds are fungible, Planned Parenthood is doing a lot of murky things, they don't even provide some of the services they are touting, they have said they don't need federal money, a few years ago they could not account for hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funds, etc.
NPR got in trouble for using federal funds to lobby for federal funds. It appears that PP will get away with it. If they have sold their message to Congress better than we have, shame on us.
This means we must redouble the pressure! The vote on the Pence amendment in the Senate has not occurred, so please get back on the phones. Try to bring in some of your friends who haven't called yet.
Please make all the points you want, in any way you want, about the other awful things Planned Parenthood does, since those are the things that the Pence Amendment would defund.
Please call now, (202) 224-4543
If you can visit his office, so much the better
John F. Kennedy Federal Building, Suite 2400
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203, 617-565-3170
Defunding Planned Parenthood has been on our miracle list. Now that it seems in the realm of possibility, we must work harder than ever. Go to it!