***Note: This post is politically biased. Though I encourage discussion on my comments, please be civilized.***
So I just got this email from Senator Roy Blunt:
Thank you for contacting me about funding for Planned Parenthood.
I am deeply opposed to the practice of abortion and do not support federal funding for any organization that performs or promotes abortions, which includes Planned Parenthood. An unborn child is a living human being and abortion ends the life of that child. Throughout my time in the House I worked hard to protect the lives of the unborn.
In 2004, I led the effort to enact the bipartisan Laci and Conner’s Law, which treats a crime against an unborn child as a separate offense in criminal cases. This law addressed the murder case in California in which Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Conner, were murdered. I am proud to have the highest possible pro-life voting record according to National Right to Life, and, as I begin my time in the Senate, I will continue to support efforts to make adoption more attractive for parents and prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion.
United States Senator
Here is my response:
Dear Senator Blunt:
Thank you for taking the time to send me a mass response email to my petition for you to support federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Generally, when I receive response emails from senators, sent out en masse or not, there is some acknowledgment of my request for support. The fact that you didn’t do this indicates to me that those who opposed federal funding of PP received this same email. As a result, it makes me question whether this is an issue for you in the first place, and whether you’re just opposing this measure because all other Republicans are.
I find it to be a bigoted statement to say you are “deeply opposed to the practice of abortion and do not support federal funding for any organization that performs or promotes abortion,” as if to assume that those of us who do not agree with you are in favor of abortion. Mr. Senator, nobody is in favor of abortion. And last I checked, Planned Parenthood doesn’t “promote” abortion. What it does promote, however, are proper measures to prevent sexually active women from getting pregnant. It also encourages practices that will prevent all individuals from contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Abortion is merely a last resort for those young women, after all other options have been offered, promoted, and discussed carefully by professionals who are trained to handle these cases.
Though I wholeheartedly agree with the premise of the Laci and Conner’s Law, I do not see how this relates to the issue of abortion. As you may remember, Laci Peterson was found in the San Francisco Bay missing several limbs, with Conner’s fetus separate from his mother’s body. As far as we know, Laci did not sign over the rights to her husband to murder her, unlike the abortion process, which is a legal agreement between a medical professional and his or her patient. It appears to me that you are taking a very unfortunate occurrence and spinning it into a piece of legislation that has little to do with what actually happened.
Mr. Senator, I respect you for openly expressing your opinion with me on this issue. However, when it is your opinion on a small facet of a much larger organization that nearly puts hundreds of thousands of government employees and military personnel out of work, or at work with delayed pay, I can’t help but question your priorities. We elected you to represent us; I am still waiting for this to happen.
I look forward to hopefully sharing a discussion with you on this issue.