Dear Editor: We know that there are Catholics who support abortion. However, no one can support the harvesting of baby parts for sale on the open market. Where is the Catholic voice to defund Planned Parenthood?
There are four ways to defund Planned Parenthood (PP). Three will not work because Obama can veto the bill.
1. Stand alone legislation to defund PP… Obama vetoes.
2. Attaching a bill to another piece of legislation, like the Highway Trust Fund (HTF)… Obama cares more about PP than the HTF… vetoes the bill.
3. Reconciliation (applies to funding bills)… needs only 51 votes in the Senate, instead of 60 votes… Obama vetoes the bill.
4. The solution: In October, there is “must pass” legislation, i.e. next year’s budget.
Rep. Jim Jordan proposes that Congress passes the bill at the amount everyone agrees to, except that the money that would have gone to PP goes direct to community health centers to provide all the services PP claims will be removed. No money for abortions.
Shutting down the government is a non event; 83 percent of the government is considered essential… cannot be defunded. Obama can shut down national parks and veterans monuments to inconvenience everyone. In recent years there have been over 20 government shutdowns.
They say that we cannot default on government obligations. Another lie. The government has plenty of money to pay our obligations. Like us, the government will pay its obligations. Let Obama explain to the American people why he is shutting down the government in support of selling baby parts as he neglects our veterans in VA hospitals.