Thursday, September 24, 2015

GOP on the Science of Another Government Shutdown: Again Totally Off Base

GOP Base of Voters 
(ever since 2010)

Once Again Close to Reality
(last one in 2013, also thanks to GOP)

Well, here we again at a fork in the road, but unlike what Yogi Berra would say: "Take it," this GOP is apt to once again take the low road.

Federal agencies will run out of money this month. Still House GOP “leaders” (and I use the term “leader” loosely) haven't or more likely, can’t, present an outline or a path forward for a stopgap bill.

In the Senate, GOP Majority “Leader” Mitch “We need more money in campaigns, not less” McConnell (R-KY) has vote set that will continue funding all Federal agencies through early December but that bars taxpayer money for Planned Parenthood.

GOP conservatives insist that any spending bill should block any Federal funds for the women's health organization after a series of secret video tapes [highly re-] edited were released by an anti-abortion group purportedly showing PP officials talking about the sale of fetal body parts, which turned out to be totally false, yet the damage was done, even while Planned Parenthood continues to deny any illegal activity in that regard.

McConnell’s bill is expected to fail and he is then expected to bring up a so-called "clean spending bill that would continue funding the government while leaving Planned Parenthood's funding alone.”

GOP Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other GOP House “leaders” could decide to move that bill, or come up with their own version.

President Obama has threatened to veto any bill that cuts of the PP funding as it would impact over 600,000 women, mostly needy low-income women who also need preventive care and other women-related health care.

Related to the topic of PP, fetal-tissue research, this shut-down and the hard-nosed GOP, I present this fine article from TIME, which is really a good piece. My one emphasis (at the end is in red):
In recent weeks, antiabortion activists have leaked videos shot undercover at Planned Parenthood clinics in which staff members discuss providing fetal tissue for use in medical research. The videos are edited to suggest that the practice is sinister and that Planned Parenthood may be profiting from it, which would be illegal.
Fetal-tissue research is legal under specific circumstances – Planned Parenthood has said repeatedly it has not violated the law – and has been done for decades at nearly every leading hospital and medical institution. Still, the backlash has been swift, with some Republican leaders saying the group should be defunded and fetal research banned. But this logic confuses the politics of abortion with the scientific merits of fetal-tissue research. And the latter is indisputable.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health funded $76 million worth of research that uses fetal tissue in 2014, and for good reason. Over the decades, this kind of research has contributed to (1) lifesaving vaccines for polio, rubella and chicken pox, (2) as well as advances in stem-cell research that could lead to treatments for degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s. 
Historically, these achievements have been overshadowed by the primary source of fetal tissue: elective abortions. But opposition to abortion and support for fetal-tissue research don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Debra Mathews, a professor of bioethics at Johns Hopkins University, invokes a comparison to organ donation, saying: “People aren’t generally in favor of car accidents or shootings. But if tragedies happens, being able to have something good come out of that is seen largely as a good thing.”
I totally agree with that and it is a great comparison and analogy.
The GOP is once again flat out wrong the science of the issue – this time it’s the medical science rather than time and space, or evolution, or climate change.
With this GOP re: science issues, it seems the space between their ears is uncharted territory somewhere in the Outer Limits like the old TV depicted or worse, in la-la land. 
Thanks for stopping and stay tuned for the outcome - it may be very ugly.

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