Friday, August 7, 2015

Senate Vote

Earlier this week, the Senate voted on measure S. 1881, which would have defunded Planned Parenthood.

Background information: the United States gives Planned Parenthood over $500 million per year. Planned Parenthood has an annual budget of $1.3 billion dollars, so government funds make up about 38% of their total budget. If the measure had been approved, the $500 million would have gone to other women's medical clinics.

The vote was 53-46, with the result that they're not going to change the current situation, and they're going to vote on it again later.

I'm Catholic, so I'm kind of on both sides of the Planned Parenthood debate. On one hand, I really like women having access to cheap, quality healthcare. On the other hand, I'm strongly against abortion and free birth control. (In my experience, that doesn't stop sexual misbehavior; that just encourages it.) So I support some of the stuff Planned Parenthood does, and I oppose some of the stuff it does.

I feel the same way about the Republicans and Democrats. Both groups have some good points, and both groups have some really bad points. I don't really want to support either group, because that means supporting the bad stuff, along with the good.


Anonymous said...

You may be interested to know that abortion services amount to about 3% of what PP provides, and that they have pledged never to use federal money to that end.

Anonymous said...

There are other places that offer services to women. Planned Parenthood is just the most endorsed one due to the fact they make billions of dollars a year off of abortions, government funding, and come to find out, selling the organs and body parts of aborted babies. I don't think this is a gray issue. It has been made clear what Planned Parenthood is and does, and it is NOT for the well being of the woman. Planned Parenthood says they are about helping women but then why do they offer abortion as the only way out for women who are lost in what to do? Why do they use abortion as a means to cover up human trafficking and rape? And if they are all about women's healthcare why don't they offer mammograms, or treatment to other health problems?
And after what has been found out by them, I am flabbergasted by how many people still support them. Selling HUMAN body parts? No, that's okay they offer services to women. I'm appalled.

Stephanie said...

From what I've seen of Katie she seems like an intelligent, witty and beautiful woman and Mary is a beautiful, smart, little girl. The world is a better place because of both of them.
Now, lets get real. Your belief in Catholicism only seems to be devout when it fits into your life.
I don't want answers to these questions because they're not my business but here it goes. Was Katie married to Mary's father? Is she divorced? Was Mary born out of wedlock? Does living together before marriage "stop sexual misbehavior; or just encourages it"? Katie and you lived together for a long time before you married. Were you celibate?
Should I mind my own business? Should someone who's not above reproach have the right to tell other people how they should live? Is judgement by those who break the rules hypocrisy?
Either walk the walk, or keep your sanctimonious opinions to yourself.

Katie said...

You and I are of the same mind Stephanie. I have previously repeated word for word what you just wrote.

Michael Gray said...

Oh no, Stephanie, you've turned my wife against me! But let's be serious. If only perfect people are allowed to have opinions, neither side in the abortion debate is going to be able to say anything at all.

Katie, call me a tramp if you want, but I think we fell within the church's guidelines for cohabitating couples, as indicated in "Instrumentum Laboris". And if you disagree...well, then, I'm afraid you married a tramp.

Anonymous said...

The 3% of PP services are abortion "fact" that gets trotted out has been roundly disproved. PP is in the business of abortion. There are SO MANY options for women to find services elsewhere. Would you eat a cake if 97% of it was good, clean, healthy ingredients, but I also mixed in 3% dog poop? And if you could really get past the 3% dog poop, how would it be if I had been lying the whole time, and really, 33% of the cake was made from dog poop? 51%? How tasty would that cake be? Surely, you could find a different baker and just avoid my cakes altogether. That's what I would recommend. A baker who doesn't ever add dog poop to cakes! And no, you don't have to be perfect and never have sinned to be able to say that killing children and selling their internal organs, or throwing them in the trash or incinerator is not ok.

Stephanie said...

Katie, you and Michael should write point, counterpoint blog posts on subjects that the two of you have differing opinions on. I think it would make for interesting and thought provoking reading.

Michael, I apologize that I came off so harsh. I do respect your opinions and have found a lot of insight in many of the subjects that you've written about.

NancyDrewGameSins said...

What just happened? I feel like I missed a lot.

TheMadam said...

If you're a man who has sex with women and is opposed to free birth control, I hope you're prepared to pay up to raise the child you're risking having. Poor women should be given the means to prevent having children they can't provide for.

Anonymous said...

@TheMadam, Maybe not have sex? Procreation is the main reason for it you know. :) You shouldn't use artificial means to get around consequences. If you don't have the money to provide for a child, don't put yourself in that situation. After all, birth control isn't that effective. You think all these teenagers with children haven't been using it?