THE QUINNIPIAC poll released today couldn’t be clearer and neither could the foreshadowing. The Republican right is making an error in judgment on shutting down the government, though Speaker Boehner will likely ruin Senator Ted Cruz‘s party. At our house that means my husband won’t lose work, which matters very much to us, though we’re hardly the only ones paying attention to this issue.
Nearly seven in 10 Americans — 69 percent — oppose shutting down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood, according to the results of a new national Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. But as far as cutting off funding to the group, 52 percent said they would oppose doing so, compared with 41 percent who supported such an action. Women opposed such an action by a wide margin — 60 percent to 34 percent — while men responding to the survey supported an end to federal funding 49 percent to 44 percent. [Politico]
Moving beyond the political show, 57% of Americans want abortion legal all or most of the time; with 40% saying it should be illegal in most or all cases.
“While voter support for Planned Parenthood is tepid, most American voters, especially women and Democrats, don’t want to cut off federal funding,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “And voters say 3-1, ‘Don’t shut down the federal government over this issue.’ Most Republicans oppose a shutdown.” [Quinnipiac]
You will never stop a woman from doing what she must for her own life. I say this as a woman who traveled over multiple state lines to get a legal abortion. Thinking back, there is nothing that would have stopped me, no matter the cost to my own life. Legalization made that worry moot.
Planned Parenthood uses no federal funding for abortion, so it’s ridiculous that Republicans continue their assault on an organization that does so much good for women, as well as men.
In fact, I’d suggest it’s time for a congressional inquiry into the Center for Medical Progress. Whatever “medical progress” they’re referring to doesn’t help women, so shouldn’t be taken as gospel.
“I think they should be investigated as to how they obtained those and doctored those and had them be accepted as something that was an indictment against Planned Parenthood. Because that’s not true,” [Leader Nancy Pelosi] said. [CNN]