Saturday, February 19, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle editorial: Odious vote by Republicans:
In the face of high unemployment and a skyrocketing federal deficit, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to undermine women's health choices last week. On Friday it approved an amendment that would block federal aid for Planned Parenthood.
The 240-185 vote broke almost strictly along party lines, suggesting that even the House's anti-abortion Democrats understand that such a reckless and radical bill is a terrible idea for the country. Planned Parenthood provides so much more than just abortion services - it also provides contraceptives, disease testing, breast and cervical cancer screening, and many other reproductive health services to predominately lower-income women. . . .