Never let a good crisis good to waste. Democrats in Congress are taking those words to heart and exploiting the coronavirus crisis to attempt to force Americans to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
During the development of the first stimulus bill to tackle the coronavirus situation, White House officials caught Nancy Pelosi trying to force Americans to fund abortions because she put funding in the bill under a section of HHS where the provisions of the Hyde Amendment would not apply.
Earlier this week, as Republicans and Democrats hash about the economic stimulus bill to respond to the health pandemic, Pelosi was again exposed trying to include funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion company in a bill that should be about economic relief for small businesses and even though Planned Parenthood is technically a nonprofit.
Over the in the Senate, pro-abortion Senator Chuck Schumer has been trying to force Americans to fund Planned Parenthood as well. As Bloomberg News reported, he’s trying tot get rid of a Republican provision ensuring the abortion giant does not receive funding:
A fight over abortion providers like Planned Parenthood is one of the remaining holdups in negotiations over the Senate’s stimulus bill, according to a person familiar with the talks.
Democrats want abortion providers to be eligible for aid under the small business portion of the bill, the person said.
Republicans had put in language barring nonprofits that receive Medicaid funding, which includes Planned Parenthood, from accessing that aid.
A Democratic aide said more than Planned Parenthood would be affected by the disputed language.
This morning, Republicans and Democrats reportedly reached a deal although the specifics of that deal have not been made public.
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Senator Ted Cruz, a pro-life Republican, blasted Democrats for trying to fund Planned Parenthood and express the sentiments of millions of pro-life Americans:
“This is why everyone hates Washington politics,” the senator tweeted. “Millions of Americans are suffering and the Democrats are holding desperately-needed relief hostage for funds to support abortion.”
This is why everyone hates Washington politics. Millions of Americans are suffering and the Democrats are holding desperately-needed relief hostage for funds to support abortion. https://t.co/qqDTDElMZk
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 24, 2020
Leading pro-life groups have condemned Democrats for pushing abortion and Planned Parenthood funding in what should be coronavirus relief. As Jay Sekulow of the ACLJ said: “There are new provisions – using fuzzy drafting language – that we fear could be used to provide billions of dollars to the abortion industry. We cannot allow this Coronavirus relief bill to become a Planned Parenthood slush fund.”
Meanwhile, some states are banning abortions during the crisis because they are non-essential medical procedures. Mississippi, Louisiana, Maryland, Texas and Ohio included abortion facilities in their bans on non-essential surgeries and procedures. However, Ohio abortion facilities are refusing to comply while abortion centers in Louisiana have compiled with the order and closed. The status of abortion businesses in Texas and Mississippi is unknown.