Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Politico: Brown's Planned Parenthood dodge?, by Sarah Kliff:
Sen. Scott Brown is coming under increasing pressure from both sides of the aisle to clarify whether or not he opposes defunding Planned Parenthood.
Abortion rights supporters lauded a Monday statement from the Massachusetts Republican, in which he denounced House Republicans' budget "proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning" as going "too far." It was widely read as opposition to Rep. Mike Pence's (R-Ind.) amendment to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal dollars.
But Democrats and Republicans alike are now questioning what Brown quietly left unaddressed: whether he actually opposes defunding Planned Parenthood, or is taking the less controversial stance of opposing a provision in the spending bill to cut off funding for the Title X program.
Title X, the only federal program devoted to reproductive health, has long enjoyed bipartisan support. . . .