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Planned Parenthood has long been a hotly debated issue among
politicians and the current candidates for the White House are no exception. During
the recent GOP debate, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz and Chris Christie all took aim.
The Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which was divided
along party lines at 241 – 187, stipulates that its government funds would be diverted to community health centers while committees
investigate allegations of misconduct. Much of this has been fueled by videos
allegedly showing Planned Parenthood workers trying to sell aborted fetuses for
"In the face of these videos, with all
the alternatives women have for health, why would you want to force your
constituents to pay for something so evil?" said House Majority Leader
Kevin McCarthy, R-California.
Countered Rep. Debbie Wasserman
Schultz, D-Florida, "Some of their members are willing to risk women's
lives just to score political points. Enough is enough."
However, what has gotten lost in the back and forth are all the other benefits that Planned Parenthood provides communities. Both men and women, young and old have relied on the
organization for cancer screening, birth control and the testing and treatment
of sexually transmitted infections.
The House also passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors
Protection Act, which would allow criminal charges for any doctor who doesn't try
to save infants born alive during abortions. However, Senate democrats have
enough votes to block both and the White House has promised to veto them.