This coming Monday, Republicans will hold a vote in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood. The fruitless, symbolic gesture is being done to set the stage for another government shutdown fight over defunding the organization.
The curious thing is, that for a very long time fetal tissue research has enjoyed broad bi-partisan support INCLUDING from some Republicans that are now fighting to shut down Planned Parenthood over faked controversy.
Mitch McConnel (R-KY), Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Fred Upton (R-Mich), all voted in 1993 to lift the moratorium imposed stop on fetal tissue research that was instituted by Ronald Reagan in 1988. All 3 of these people are now complaining about fetal tissue research being a morally corrupt crisis of epic proportions.
Upton, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, launched a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood last week. “This video is abhorrent and rips at the heart,” he said in a statement announcing the investigation. “The committee will get to the bottom of this appalling situation.”
Upton, along with many other Republicans, all voted to allow fetal tissue research to occur, and not just in 1993.
In 1992, most Republicans – including Mitch McConnel – voted against a proposal to limit research to fetal tissue samples only to those procured from miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies. In 1997, the Sentate voted down an amendment to the Udall Parkinson’s Research Act that would have prohibited funding on aborted fetal tissue research.
McConnel is now trying to spin his history of pro-fetal research votes by saying it isnt’ about the research. They claim their concern is actually about the fact laws might have been broken in selling tissue samples for profit. This is, of course, not true. All Republicans are now required to hate abortion and women that need them as a prerequisite of holding office.
Whether this will set the stage for future radical anti-abortion characters to unseat long-serving Republicans remains to be seen. One thing is certain, though — this was timed to lead into the Republican presidential debates and 2016 election cycle in an effort to use fear and rage to motivate Republican voters.
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