Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Donnelly Sells Out to Right with Planned Parenthood Vote

Senator Joe Donnelly
Indiana Democrats knew what they were getting when they elected Joe Donnelly.  We knew he wasn't Richard Mourdock, but we also knew he’s a moderate in every sense of the word, and he’s not afraid to buck his party line.

Joe Donnelly disappointed me on Monday.

Listen, I understand that abortion is an emotional issue. I am personally opposed to abortion, and I would urge any woman in the situation to think long and deeply about the decision. It’s one that will live with you the rest of your life with. While I’m personally opposed to abortion, I don’t believe it’s my place to tell a woman what to do with her body. I believe abortion should, as President Bill Clinton once said, be safe, legal, and rare.

Planned Parenthood is an organization that makes sure that women have access to safe and legal abortions.  That's a very small part of what the organization does in fact, some point out that it's just three percent of what the organization does.  The vast majority of what Planned Parenthood does provides low-cost health services to women who would not have any other way, in most cases, to get the services.  

In an investigation, Indiana found no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood as it operates in this state, and you know Governor Mike Pence was just wanting to find something wrong.  It's been that way in the other states that have launched investigations, and the videos that led to the vote on Monday to try and defund Planned Parenthood are looking more and more like heavily-edited hoaxes by the far right.

That's what Joe Donnelly responded to on Monday when he joined the Republicans and voted to defund the only reproductive health care some women have access to.  Thankfully, it takes more than just a majority to get anything done in the Senate.  

Donnelly is not cobbling much of a record together on women’s issues. With the exception of Lilly Ledbetter, he’s voted wrong on a number of issues. 

This is the latest.


Paul K. Ogden said...

If the videos showed anything, it showed that the abortion issue is about more than what a woman does with her body. Abortion involves another human life and in the second and third trimester, the termination of that life in the most gruesome manner imaginable.

Donnelly voted to continue funding for women's health care at the same level as before the videos. He just doesn't want the money going to Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortion in the country.

At the end of the day, this is all about PP wanting to continue its virtual monopoly on receiving tax dollars for women's health care. Unfortunately too many people on the left are willing to go to bat for PP's monopoly.

P.S. New format looks great. I thought it looked good before, but this is an improvement.

Anonymous said...

Um, John, Donnelly is a "moderate" only if you believe that the 20 yard line is the middle of the football field. He is a pure Blue Dog, which is right of center. That may be where Indiana is (except we voted for that Kenyan, Communist, Socialist, Nazi, Obama in 2008).

Anonymous said...

Can't type and just got off the phone with a John - It's Joe Donnelly - and yes, as a Democrat, I voted for him.

Eric L. Mayer said...

This morning I received an e-mail from a woman in Albion, Indiana, sent out on one of the liberal websites, protesting Senator Donnelly's vote against Planned Parenthood. It suggested that readers call the senator to register a complaint, and provided his telephone number in Washington. I just picked up the phone right there and then and called, leaving a message of disapproval on the senator's voice mail system. I regard Donnelly's vote as shameful, a cowardly act caving into Republican-manufactured hysteria which exaggerated and distorted edited "video evidence". It lent credence and credibility to Republican accusations, something even the Koch Brothers couldn't by. His vote was an embarrassment to Indiana, as well as to the Democratic Party.