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Republican Sen. Scott Brown: GOP's Planned Parenthood Cut 'Goes Too Far'

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Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts has broken ranks with his party over an effort to defund Planned Parenthood, saying the move "goes too far."

"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," Brown said in a statement Tuesday.

"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."

Earlier, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) raised similar concerns about the House's proposal, Politico reported.

The House voted in February to cut more than $300 million from the organization as part of its $61 billion in proposed reductions in the current federal budget. Indiana Rep. Mike Pence represented his successful gutting of the funding as a victory in preventing abortion, even though the Hyde Amendment, enacted in 1977, prohibits federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

The GOP budget bill is the subject of negotiations between the House and the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said he would not accept a bill that strips Planned Parenthood of federal dollars, The Hill reported.

In a related development, 29 fiscally conservative organizations have called for the immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood, according to The Hill.

"On economic merit alone, Planned Parenthood should be near the top of the cut list," the groups' letter to Congress says. "To begin with, as Chuck Donovan at the Heritage Foundation has pointed out, Planned Parenthood is awash in net income. From 2002 to 2007, the national organization and its affiliates took in $388 million more than they spent on programs and services. Even in the midst of the recession, the president of the organization still received more than $337,000 in an annual salary and tens of thousands more in benefits and allowances. Planned Parenthood is receiving a rolling, annual bailout, and they don't even need it."

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cgordon99

Whatever happened to JFK's view that we should ask what we can do for our country not what it can do for us?

It is time for Americans to get their paws out of their fellow Americans' pockets and to stop seeing the US Treasury as a piggy bank to finance their own dreams and schemes.

That includes nonprofits like PP>

March 23 2011 at 2:22 PM Report abuse +58 rate up rate down Reply
cgordon99

Whenever cuts are proposed in anything, someone who benefits is going to yell and scream.

If we're going to avoid a budget armageddon, we can't listen to this special pleading. We have to plow through and get the job done.

That means everybody's hands out of the Treasury.

March 23 2011 at 2:18 PM Report abuse +68 rate up rate down Reply
cgordon99

Most nonprofits should not be funded by the government.....they should find their own funding sources. If they can't find them, that means people don't want them, and so why should taxpayers be forced to prop up what nobody wants?

As for PP, they have enough money, so this shouldn't even be an issue.

Take them off the federal dole now.

March 23 2011 at 2:15 PM Report abuse +70 rate up rate down Reply
GARY

BROWN JUST ANOTHER DEM!!

March 23 2011 at 2:07 PM Report abuse +50 rate up rate down Reply
bthered

Planned Parenthood....This would be a great job for Sarah Palin.

March 23 2011 at 2:06 PM Report abuse -26 rate up rate down Reply
O'Man & DebbieO

I don't get it! Abortions are LEGAL in this country. Why does anyone care what another person does with their body? Don't believe in them? Don't get them! It's simple. What in the world would we do with all of these unwanted children anyway? Who is going to adopt, raise and pay for them?

And as for Planned Parenthood, they do lots of good for lower and middle class women trying to figure things out. Offering abortions is a small bit of what they do. Republicans need to go find another cause to support while they ignore trying to inact any real change in this country.

March 23 2011 at 2:00 PM Report abuse +46 rate up rate down Reply
SARA

This is not Sara's computer so stop checking on who uses my computer. You could spend more time writing good articles instead of spying on peoples use of computers.

March 23 2011 at 1:33 PM Report abuse -26 rate up rate down Reply
Bonbon

they need to quit giving little girls birth control and abortions without their parents consent, under eighteen needs a parent there, and get rid of the hoopies that work there and they will be ok.

March 23 2011 at 1:25 PM Report abuse -44 rate up rate down Reply
swhitmon

It's obvious that most of the gop want to keep us women barefoot and pregnant. They want to do away with birth control AND abortion. I say we do away with their viagra so they can't get us pregnant. I've been told that if old white men could get pregnant, abortion would be a birth right. And would someone please explain to me why it's paramount to force a woman to have a baby, but not give her any help thereafter? If we teach birth control and make abortions available, we'll most certainly have fewer babies in dumpsters. In a perfect world every baby would be wanted or given to a loving family, but our world is far from perfect. I just heard a republican on the radio say that birth control is only a woman's responsibility, not the man's. Wow, this is the crap we women are having to deal with. BTW, if you believe in a woman's right to an abortion, boycott South Dakota. I'm going to.

March 23 2011 at 12:34 PM Report abuse +73 rate up rate down Reply
Eric D

Scott Brown is a Democrat!!! He consistantly votes with the Democrats. GOP should kick him out.

March 23 2011 at 11:26 AM Report abuse -17 rate up rate down Reply

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