Hal Sparks Radio Prgm — #PlannedParenthood Kicking GOP’s Ass In Popularity Contest — (09/19/15)

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First, I continue to ask, if defunding or ending Planned Parenthood (or trying to) is so vital: Why is it only important to the GOP when the budget is due in like five seconds?

Hal and I discussed the debate — both the theater and the talking points the eventual candidate will be unable to run from in the general election; not every debate is going to be “moderated” by Jake Tapper. I play Politifact and explain why the GOP can’t actually defund Planned Parenthood the way they’re portraying; yes, people would lose access, but no, they can’t strip all the funding because that’s not how it works.

I also make Carly Fiorina’s lies about the CMP videos even worse: they preyed on a grieving family by stealing footage of an intensely sad moment to portray something that doesn’t actually happen, but is a necessity in their talking points to end abortion care.

Louisiana is the state Hal was referencing that Planned Parenthood is suing to restore funding. That kind of fight is expensive; PP shouldn’t have to do that and patients shouldn’t have to wonder if the clinics will be open and their healthcare will be available when they go for an appointment.

Links to on-air references:

“8 Things The GOP Debate Got Wrong About Abortion And Planned Parenthood” at Huffington Post

“GOP Bills Seem to Confuse Planned Parenthood With Kermit Gosnell” by Emily Crockett at RH Reality Check

“Why We’re Losing the Planned Parenthood Debate, and How We Can Win” by Erin Matson & Pamela Merritt at Rolling Stone

“Senate eyeing vote on 20-week abortion ban” at The Hill

My HuffPostLive segment I referenced during the show: “HuffPostLive Panel: Will The GOP Actually Defund #PlannedParenthood? (09/17/15)”

This headline is awful & why is this even a poll? But they include a comparison of PP vs GOP, so here it is: “How the Public Views Planned Parenthood and the NRA” via Meet The Press, NBC News

“Hillary Clinton: ‘Republicans Should Be Ashamed’ Over Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood” via Huffington Post

“Fact Check: How Does Planned Parenthood Spend That Government Money?” via NPR Politics

“Unplanned pregnancies cost taxpayers $21 billion each year” Guttmacher Institute stats via Washington Post

“Planned Parenthood Unit Sues Louisiana Over Medicaid Funding” via The Wall Street Journal

Graphic via Ultraviolet

Blog Extras:

Hooray, math! Here’s how I come to the practically impossible to say percentage of the federal budget that goes to Planned Parenthood:

How much does the government pay to Planned Parenthood? – NPR
$528 million last year, according to Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report.
~40% of PP’s annual budget.

How big is the federal budget? — National Priorities.org
$3.8 trillion = $3,800,000,000,000

$528,000,000 / $3,800,000,000,000 = 0.0138% —> one hundredth of one percent
(0.00013895 —> 0.01389474% of the federal budget)

And here’s a close-up of that NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll:

PP popular HAHAHA




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