(oh yeah, I’m still an editor….. – promoted by Paul R. Ferro)
When Scott Brown campaigned for U.S. Senate, there wasn’t a rally or speech he gave that he didn’t remind people that he would be the 41st vote against Obamacare, a vote that would have kept the government takeover of healthcare from becoming law. Congress found a way around the rules, and passed it anyways.
Last Thursday, Senator Brown cast a few votes of note. He kept his promise to oppose Obamacare by voting to defund the program, though his vote was not enough as the measure was defeated 47-53 along strict party lines.
Unfortunately, when it came time to vote to defund the scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood, Senator Brown evidently bought the liberal media spin and voted to keep the taxpayer money flowing into the coffers of the abortion provider. The vote wasn’t close, 42-58, and his vote was not a deciding one, but his vote made clear that he stands firmly in the corner of Planned Parenthood. Remember, Brown said during his election that he opposed tax-payer funding for abortion.
Brown joined with the two Maine Republicans, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, in keeping Planned Parenthood funding. He wasn’t moved by any of the recent scandals involving Planned Parenthood clinics and staff:
- Just this year, undercover video in New York, New Jersey and Virginia have all shown Planned Parenthood employees aiding and abetting the sexual exploitation of minors and young girls.
- The Alabama Attorney General opened an investigation that found nine out of nine girls, ages 13 to 15, received abortions from a Birmingham Planned Parenthood clinic without proper verification of parental consent.
- In Indiana, an undercover camera team showed Planned Parenthood staff deliberately violating the state’s mandatory reporting laws for sexual abuse. The girl posed as a 13-year-old impregnated by a 31-year-old man. The staff also urged her to cross state lines to get an abortion.
- Planned Parenthood staff in Tennessee urged a 14-year-old girl to lie to a judge in order to circumvent the parental consent law and receive an abortion.
- In Arizona, a Planned Parenthood nurse caught on camera disregards the age difference and goes as far as cautioning the underage girl not to bring her adult “boyfriend” before the judicial hearing required in Arizona to waive parental consent.
Senator Brown deserves praise for voting to defund Obamacare, as well as for voting for the compromise budget bill that, among other things, prevented the District of Columbia from using any funds to pay for abortion, cut funding for the United Nations Family Planned Agency and cut Title X domestic family planning funding.
But many values voting conservatives are feeling betrayed because of his stand for Planned Parenthood, his refusal to sign a Congressional letter to Attorney General Holder calling the Justice Department to prosecute pornography, and his reversal to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
As a values conservative, will you volunteer for Scott Brown's campaign in 2012? Will you donate to his campaign? Will you vote for Scott Brown again or should he face a challenger from the right? There are many questions to be answered between now and November 2012.