No more Safe Stimulation: Contraception removed from bill

posted at 8:42 am on January 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats thought they could sneak subsidies for Planned Parenthood into the stimulus package, and why not?  After all, in a bill that will cost $825 billion, who’d notice?  Unfortunately for Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, George Stephanopolous did.  After failing to explain how hundreds of millions of dollars in new contraception funding would stimulate anything except libidos and Democrats, Pelosi will reluctantly remove the provisions from the stimulus bill this morning:

Democratic leaders in the House are nearly certain to drop federal funding for new contraceptive services and on-going programs to stop sexually transmitted diseases from the $825 billion economic stimulus bill due to hit the floor Tuesday, a senior official told FOX News.

The decision is due Tuesday morning in advance of two high-profile meetings President Obama will hold with House and Senate Republicans to build bipartisan support for his massive economic stimulus bill. The bill contains $87 billion in emergency Medicaid funding to help states crushed by deficits. …

Despite Pelosi’s argument, Democrats and the Obama White House appear eager to deprive Republicans of what’s become a key attack line against the stimulus bill.

Democrats claimed that they merely wanted to follow the advice of a 2007 CBO study that predicted a $200 million savings in Medicaid birth costs if the federal government provided free contraception to eligible participants.  That may be an issue worthy of debate — but not as part of an emergency stimulus plan for an economic crisis.  The point of such a stimulus should be to inject capital back into markets for job creation, not the absorption of every pet issue from the governing party in Congress.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what this stimulus bill has become.  It’s the ultimate in Congressional pork.  In this case, Reid and Pelosi wanted to toss hundreds of millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, an important contributor to Democratic candidates and the party.  It has nothing to do with economic stimulus; it has everything to do with political stimulus.

Barack Obama hinted strongly yesterday that he didn’t need this distraction when trying to sell this humungous pork bill on Capitol Hill.  He’s right.  Perhaps at the same time, Congress can start removing anything else not related to immediate economic stimulation and start exercizing a little fiscal discipline.


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Abortion, contraception, Pelosi…that’s an excommunicatin’

Mason on January 27, 2009 at 12:38 PM

The chances of welfare being cut are less than zero in the real world. But here is money in a bill before the House, favored by her nibs, and it’s the closest we’re going to come, for the moment to limiting the crime of State supported child abuse–which is how I see the child welfare system.

jeanie on January 27, 2009 at 12:39 PM

The chances of welfare being cut are less than zero in the real world. But here is money in a bill before the House, favored by her nibs, and it’s the closest we’re going to come, for the moment to limiting the crime of State supported child abuse–which is how I see the child welfare system.

jeanie on January 27, 2009 at 12:39 PM

But again, the people you’re talking about are people who want to have babies. Contraceptives don’t help in that instance.

Esthier on January 27, 2009 at 1:02 PM

No, not just talking about those who ‘want’–little can be done about those I agree. There are plenty of others who don’t even think about the results of their actions and if these were pointed out it might make a difference to some at least. I repeat, this money cannot remedy most of this problem, but even a few less would be welcome. Funding to inform and educate would be lost on many but not on all. It’s certainly more useful than the ‘neighborhood stabilization’ portion which amounts to locking the barn door after the horse has been stolen. Would like to see that controlled, limited or reomved. Would like to see the contraception money stay.

jeanie on January 27, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Aww then how is pelozi going to protect all of the government owned banks from
Being infected with AIDS by Barney franks and todd
and the rest of the virus infected congressmen who infest the
honorable halls of our great nation..

I sincerly believe all of the politicians are now equal to
lying cheating cockroaches,..
and pelozi she is the dirty queen

jcila on January 27, 2009 at 1:12 PM

There are plenty of others who don’t even think about the results of their actions and if these were pointed out it might make a difference to some at least.

High school sex ed didn’t make it clear enough? I don’t get what you’re proposing here. Handing out condoms or the pill won’t get them to think. You still have to put it on or take it regularly.

Many unplanned pregnancies come about because the girl was on the pill and skipped a day. Which is where the false hope comes from that I mentioned earlier. Were she not on the pill, maybe she would have used a condom.

Would like to see the contraception money stay.

jeanie on January 27, 2009 at 1:11 PM

But you just said money won’t fix this.

Esthier on January 27, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Inaccurate headline. Klanned Parenthoood is not truly about contraception – only abortion. They preach the doctrine of Thou Mayst Screw Like Rabbits, make half-@$$de gestures toward contraception for looks, and then profit off of the thousands of frightened/misinformed/selfish women who want a “get out of pregnancy free card”.

Dark-Star on January 27, 2009 at 1:24 PM

I did not say money wouldn’t fix this, I did say money would fix some of it. Would like to see that cash stay. And the LACK of money and attention to this problem certainly won’t fix the smallest part of anything. However, no matter what I say, you will be convinced it should come out and I will not. And…there would certainly be more to it than handing out condoms or the pill(though either or both of those might help).

jeanie on January 27, 2009 at 1:31 PM

How would they help? Seriously, I’m not getting that one. I’ve mentioned stats, such as the fact that as abortion and birth control have become more readily available unwed mothers are actually more common, not less.

You haven’t done anything further to explain why they would help other than to assume irresponsible people would suddenly be responsible when it comes to free birth control.

I’m not trying to be argumentative, but I just don’t see how that makes any sense.

Esthier on January 27, 2009 at 1:43 PM

A sometimes trick to get budget approval for a whopper is to hide it well and put in another more obvious but smaller whopper. Once that obvious one is found the hunt stops. What is the contraception whopper hiding?

herself on January 27, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Jeeze. Didn’t this just happen two years ago when the Dems took over saying they were gonna put a stop to pork and, instead, loaded up a troop funding bill with earmarks galore?

And why is George Stephanopolous noticing this? Where’s McCain?

Tuning Spork on January 27, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Not to be too terribly unkind, but Pelosi & Reid do look like perfect poster children for contraception….

adagioforstrings on January 27, 2009 at 5:11 PM