Planned Parenthood Fight Holding Up Budget Deal
Mountaintop mining also an issue
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2011 2:02 AM CDT
Updated Apr 8, 2011 7:58 AM CDT
New York Sen. Charles Schumer (at the podium) has accused the Republican of holding up budget talks over issues that have more to do with culture wars than cost savings.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – A battle over Planned Parenthood funding has emerged as one of the major sticking points in the stalled federal budget talks, reports the Huffington Post. House Speaker John Boehner said late last night that the party would not approve a budget if any money went to Planned Parenthood through Title X, say the sources. Ironically, all of the principal negotiators in the talks over the issue are men. Planned Parenthood's president says the cut would hurt the two million women who "come through some kind of federal program either for an annual pap or for birth control or for a breast exam or even prenatal care."

That's one of a number of budget riders—provisions designed to restrict federal spending—that are hanging up talks. Others involve environmental issues like mountaintop mining. The fights are viewed as "culture war" battles between the two parties hidden under the guise of saving money. "The riders that have nothing to do with deficit reduction have sort of taken over Boehner and the Republican Party," charged New York Sen. Charles Schumer. "Unless they back off those riders, it's going to be impossible pretty much to avoid a shutdown."

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Apr 11, 2011 8:51 AM CDT
Planned Parenthood was not a topic in our conversations until the shutdown menace appeared. Like PP, Foreign Aid is another topic we hardly talk about. Many amercians think we spend bigger amounts of money on this topic than we actually do. However, people like Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul have suggested to remove this item from the budget. I wrote a proposal about this in You can read it you think this is importat too
Apr 8, 2011 12:59 PM CDT
Why stop with breast exams and birth control? Let's get rid of all kinds of preventive medicine! That would save lots of money in the long run, right?
Apr 8, 2011 12:01 PM CDT
The governing majority is willing to shut down the government, deny people their paychecks and their benefits all because they want to make sure I can't access the healthcare I need. I have completely lost all faith in my country.