From the diaries by Leon...
The Washington Post is reporting that talks between Speaker Boehner, Senator Reid, and President Obama have stalled over taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and efforts to weaken the EPA:
Congressional negotiators working through the night on a budget deal largely agreed to an amount of spending cuts, but their talks were stymied by two Republican policy provisions on abortion and the environment, increasing the likelihood of a government shutdown beginning this weekend, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday morning.
Reid is digging in his heels, committed to shutting down the government rather then cut taxpayer funding of America's abortion giant:
“It’s not realistic to shut down the government on a debate dealing with abortion,” Reid said. “It’s not fair to the American people. We haven’t solved the issue in 40 years. We’re not going to solve it in the next 38 hours. We should not be distracted by ideology. This is a bill that funds the government.”
This comes on the same day as Planned Parenthood is busing in activists from all across the nation for a giant rally and lobbying day on Capitol Hill, complete with speeches from politicians and celebrities.
Your Representative needs to hear from you right now. House Republicans must stand strong and demand that Planned Parenthood is defunded of our tax dollars. Data shows that the more taxpayer funding Planned Parenthood receives, the more abortions it performs.
Let's take a look at the numbers:
From 2000 to 2009, Planned Parenthood saw an 80 percent increase in taxpayer funding, receiving $202 million in 2000 and $363 million in 2009.
Let's look at the results: In 2000, Planned Parenthood performed 197,070 abortions while making 2,486 adoption referrals. In 2009, they performed 332,278 abortions and made just 977 adoption referrals.
That means an 80 percent increase in taxpayer funding resulted in a 69 percent increase in the number of abortions and a 61 percent decrease in the number of adoption referrals.
The numbers are indisputable. This is literally a matter of life or death.
Planned Parenthood must be defunded: Call your Representative now and demand it.