WaPo claims “cuts” on Planned Parenthood restriction

posted at 2:55 pm on March 5, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Washington Post’s Mary Ann Akers engages in a serious amount of sophistry in attacking David Vitter over an amendment he offered to the omnibus spending package.  She claims that Vitter’s amendment would kill spending on family planning.  However, as John McCormack points out, it does no such thing.

Akers writes:

The Louisiana senator has introduced an amendment to the omnibus spending bill before the Senate to drastically cut funding for family planning programs.

Vitter’s amendment states that “none of the funds appropriated under this Act shall be made available to Planned Parenthood for any purpose under title X of the Public Health Service Act.”

His family-planning amendment is one of dozens of social-related measures Vitter has introduced this Congress as he seeks to shore up his bona fides with conservative voters.

Except that it doesn’t.  As John notes, this is the entire text of the amendment:

“None of the funds appropriated under this Act shall be made available to Planned Parenthood for any purpose under title X of the Public Health Service Act.”

Vitter doesn’t propose to cut funding at all.  He wants a restriction on the funds to keep any of it from going to Planned Parenthood, which would likely use the funds to give them the ability to dedicate other revenues to abortions.  The funds would get spent regardless, but with other organizations.

Why block Planned Parenthood?  For one reason, it’s an abortion provider, and Vitter obviously objects to that.  But Planned Parenthood has proven itself as a bad actor in that industry, as Lila Rose and the Students for Life group have repeatedly proven.  Given what appears to be an organizational mandate to violate state restrictions on abortions and reporting requirements for statutory rape, Planned Parenthood should get stripped of all government funding for any of its activities.  Vitter’s amendment doesn’t cut off funds for family planning; it restores some long-overdue accountability for PP’s lawless behavior, supported by such funding in the past.

Akers’ post is dishonest and should be repudiated, either by Akers herself or her editors.


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Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them

rockmom on March 5, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Akers’ post is dishonest and should be repudiated, either by Akers herself or her editors.

The only problem with that is Akers knew she was lying; it wasn’t a mistake.

AubieJon on March 5, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Looks like the Baby Killer Party will get what they want….

DL13 on March 5, 2009 at 3:04 PM

It’s a cut as long as you don’t increase the funding.
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Every left wing radical member of the media knows that silly.

subbottomfeeder on March 5, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Welcome to Obama land.

christene on March 5, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Have the training wheels been removed from Obama’s teleprompter?
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Just askin’
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subbottomfeeder on March 5, 2009 at 3:07 PM

To quote Nelson Lutz, “Ha ha, your medium is dying.”

And more so than the intertubes it is lying and misleading stories that is killing it.

rbj on March 5, 2009 at 3:07 PM

The Deciders.

Techie on March 5, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Akers’ post is dishonest and should be repudiated, either by Akers herself or her editors.

Good luck with that. Let us know how it goes.

Mike D. on March 5, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Akers’ post is dishonest and should be repudiated, either by Akers herself or her editors.

Yeah, ’cause either of those two things will happen.

myrenovations on March 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM

You know, it’s not cheap sucking babies into a sink.

bloggless on March 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM

It has been quite some time since the MSM has been interested in telling the facts. They only tell the truth as they see it.

txaggie on March 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM

How about…………

……………”None of the funds appropriated under this Act shall be made available to ACORN and La Raza.”

Seven Percent Solution on March 5, 2009 at 3:14 PM

You know, it’s not cheap sucking babies into a sink.

bloggless on March 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM

And to make things worse, those gift certificates didn’t sell as well as planned, either.

Tim Zank on March 5, 2009 at 3:19 PM

If Brown has any girls, Obama should’ve given them some abortion coupons.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 5, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Alternate headline:

OBAMA BRAVELY DECLARES WAR ON BABIES!

stonemeister on March 5, 2009 at 3:29 PM

The Dow is down 310….

TheBigOldDog on March 5, 2009 at 3:37 PM

The DOW is down. What is he doing??????? Is this all deliberate????????

bloggless on March 5, 2009 at 3:42 PM

The DOW is down. What is he doing??????? Is this all deliberate????????

bloggless on March 5, 2009 at 3:42 PM

I fear it is. I hope it’s not.

TheBigOldDog on March 5, 2009 at 3:49 PM

… They only tell the truth as they see it.

txaggie on March 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM

That is giving them way too much credit. I don’t believe for one minute they are telling the truth as they see it. I think they know they are lying and are simply telling people what they want people to believe; the truth be damned. And people believe them.

pannw on March 5, 2009 at 3:53 PM

bloggless on March 5, 2009 at 3:42 PM

I believe it is part of a larger plan. It is the Democrats’ goal to get as many people dependent on the government in some form as possible. As the market continues to crumble, people will rush into the arms of government programs. Allowing this freefall to happen is simply a means to that end.

WisCon on March 5, 2009 at 3:56 PM

It’s a cut as long as you don’t increase the funding.
subbottomfeeder on March 5, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Not so! It’s also a cut if you increase funding, but don’t increase it by as much as was originally budgeted(or requested).

stoutcat on March 5, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Akers’ post is dishonest and should be repudiated, either by Akers herself or her editors.

Had an epiphany this morning…. as I was going through various data sources looking for a specific piece of information…

We have tons of imformation available to us on the net, BUT, the veracity of that information is only as good as the source.

It used to be that we had Newpaper editors who ensured that the stories had some semblance of truth and fact to them… NOW? so such thing is gong on. There is no fact checking… no verification of stories before they go out on the air/web/print…

Yet people are still indoctrinated that if its in print, its true… as we were taught in school… after all, you’re not supposed to argue with your textbooks…

Even “Fact Check” sites are suspect, as they are funded by political partisans these days…

Is that the real reason for the downturn of Newspaper sales? and MSM TV news viewership? That we just can’t trust the content anymore?

Romeo13 on March 5, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Why the hell is the government spending money on family planning to begin with?

darwin on March 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Ed, why doesn’t the US Congress instead require Planned Parenthood to separate its abortion businesses from its other businesses and only fund the other businesses?

jim m on March 5, 2009 at 5:33 PM

“It depends on what the meaning of the words ‘is’ is.”

Johan Klaus on March 5, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Is that the real reason for the downturn of Newspaper sales? and MSM TV news viewership? That we just can’t trust the content anymore?

Romeo13 on March 5, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Understatement.

Johan Klaus on March 5, 2009 at 5:52 PM

……………”None of the funds appropriated under this Act shall be made available to ACORN and La Raza.”
Seven Percent Solution on March 5, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Now you’re talking.

Johan Klaus on March 5, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Given what appears to be an organizational mandate to violate state reporting requirements for statutory rape and child abuse, the Catholic Church and Catholic organizations should get stripped of all government funding for any of its activities. This amendment doesn’t cut off funds for health activities; it restores some long-overdue accountability for the Catholic Church’s lawless behavior, supported by such funding in the past.
-Fixed it for you, Ed.

jim m on March 5, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Wait a minute, no one told me the Catholic Church was supported by Congressional funding – what in the heck happened to the “wall of separation” that’s in the constitution?

Or, is this just a snarky post that going to try to justify its obvious misdirection by claiming that its talking about some sort of funding under the “faith-based initiatives” programs (which can NOT be used for supporting the actual church)?

Are people lying and being misleading in these forums? How do I know what the truth is if someone doesn’t post it for me??

Oh dear.

/sarc

Fatal on March 5, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Jim M – anti-Catholic bigot

There, I fixed it for you.

The constant childish digs at my faith are lame and off-topic. When the Catholic Church starts receiving hundreds of millions of dollars a year from DC in grants, then come back and trot out your Jack Chick mentality in the comments section. Until then … buh-bye, troll.

Ed Morrissey on March 5, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Is that the real reason for the downturn of Newspaper sales? and MSM TV news viewership? That we just can’t trust the content anymore?
Romeo13 on March 5, 2009 at 4:12 PM

I’m not familiar with newspapers sales, but their revenue crash is the result of craigslist.

Ed, why doesn’t the US Congress instead require Planned Parenthood to separate its abortion businesses from its other businesses and only fund the other businesses?
jim m on March 5, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Been tried, Planned Parenthood cheats and uses the money for abortions anyway.

darktood on March 5, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Jim M – anti-Catholic bigot

There, I fixed it for you.

The constant childish digs at my faith are lame and off-topic. When the Catholic Church starts receiving hundreds of millions of dollars a year from DC in grants, then come back and trot out your Jack Chick mentality in the comments section. Until then … buh-bye, troll.

Ed Morrissey on March 5, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Way to go, Ed! His kind of crap has ticked me off for a long time. Good on ya!

bookman on March 5, 2009 at 8:08 PM

Ed Morrissey on March 5, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Thank you, Ed!

pannw on March 5, 2009 at 8:26 PM