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September 24, 2015

Senate Conservative Fund Report: Mitch McConnell Has Been A Longtime Supporter of Planned Parenthood, Voted to Keep Their Funding In Place Numerous Times, as Well as To Permit Medical Trade in Aborted Baby Body Parts

I heard Ken Cuccinelli, who I guess is the leader of the SCF, talking about this on Mark Levin; you can read the report here.

1) In 1992, McConnell voted to allow taxpayer-funded research using body parts from aborted babies.

Roll Call Vote #263, 10/2/92

This policy, which was vetoed by President George H. W. Bush but later signed into law by President Bill Clinton, had the effect of making abortion even more profitable for Planned Parenthood.

(2) Also in 1992, McConnell voted to overturn the so-called "Reagan Rule" that prohibited Planned Parenthood from using taxpayer dollars for pro-abortion counseling.

Roll Call Vote #254, 10/1/92

McConnell's vote in this case was to override President Bush's veto, but the House sustained it. Then, in 1993, President Clinton overturned the "Reagan Rule" by Executive Order on the first day of his administration.

(3) In 1997, McConnell again voted against a targeted ban on federal funding for research on body parts from abortions.

Roll Call Vote #215, 9/4/97

This time, McConnell was one of 14 liberal Republicans who voted to allow taxpayer-funded research on body parts from abortions.

In the these three examples, McConnell crossed the then-current Republican president and many of his Republican colleagues in the Senate to open the door for taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and for research on body parts from aborted babies.

(4) McConnell has voted for at least 15 bills that provided funding for Planned Parenthood dating back to 1998.

This is important because it shows how long Senator McConnell has tolerated this funding and refused to do anything meaningful to stop it.

Meanwhile, his partner in crime John Boehner is scrambling to keep power, because that's all that matters.

The Hill reports the GOP caucus is "on edge," worried that the Motion to Vacate may have enough Republican votes to put Boehner out of the speakership.

On the Planned Parenthood defunding initiative, he's looking for the more-and-more-typical allies:

Conservatives have threatened to shut down the government on Oct. 1 if Congress doesn’t strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood. Boehner thinks a shutdown would be disastrous for the party in an election year, but he also knows conservatives have vowed to move against him if he teams up with Democrats to fund the government.

Even if enough Republicans vote to boot Boehner out of the speaker's chair, Democrats could of course vote to keep him in it-- and, again, keeping power is all that matters to these guys, even if he becomes, essentially, the Democratic Speaker of the House despite the Republicans holding the House.

If Boehner stays in power, but only because of Democrat backing -- then what does that tell us?

And what would that tell us about the other Republicans who vote with the Democrats to keep him? We weren't promised a Unity House of both Republicans and Democrats if we won the vote in 2010, 2012, and 2014; we were promised a Republican House.

If Boehner and other Republicans conspire to deliver us a "Unity Government" of united Democrats and Republicans -- well, I guess all I've been saying is entirely vindicated.


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