In yet another episode of “Why Voters Hate the GOP,” Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) recently appeared on ABC and had the audacity to argue that “it makes absolutely no sense to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood.”
First of all, as a Republican, the Senator should at least recognize that her Party’s platform is built on the idea that the federal government should be funding as little as possible. Moreover, the government has no reason to be funding a private organization that earns millions from their customers and receives millions in donations from pro-abortion supporters around the world.
Secondly, as a Republican, the Senator should also recognize that her Party’s platform actively supports the idea that all life is sacred and that abortion is an attack on the sanctity of human life. The overwhelming majority of Planned Parenthood’s business is abortion, and there are thousands of other clinics that do not support abortion where women can go for healthcare.
With “allies” like Susan Collins, conservatives don’t need enemies to fight.
George Stephanopoulos: You also have concerns about Planned Parenthood. This bill would deny funding of Planned Parenthood for a year. I know you’re planning on introducing an amendment with Senator Murkowski that would restore the funding for Planned Parenthood.
If that amendment fails, will you oppose final passage?
Susan Collins: Well, first, let me say that it makes absolutely no sense to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood. There already are long-standing restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion. So that’s not what this debate is about. And Planned Parenthood is an important provider of health care services, including family planning and cancer screenings for millions of Americans, particularly women.
And they should be allowed to choose the health provider that they want. That’s one of the issues that I care deeply about. But there are many others as well.