UPDATED: Where Republican Women Congressional Electeds Stand on Planned Parenthood Rider

In the Senate:

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins (both Maine) do not want to defund Planned Parenthood.

Newly elected Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire) waffles when not emitting talking points so I construe that to be in favor of letting Planned Parenthood get defunded.

Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas)  – I can’t find anything from her on this but her voting record seems to indicate that she might allow it to be defunded.

Update on Hutchison: She’s a motivator behind a military troop funding through a governtment shutdown bill in the US Senate that appears to have at least 60 supporters, including other women and other Democrats.  It does not appear that there is anything connected to Planned Parenthood in it.

In the House (all the women newby Republicans):

Kristi Noem (SD): will allow defunding of Planned Parenthood (“Noem said she believes the riders and the budget cuts are “intertwined” and that she supports them.”)

Nan Hayworth (NY): supports defunding Planned Parenthood

Vicky Hartzler, (MO): supports defunding Planned Parenthood

Martha Roby, (Alabama) and Sandy Adams (FL) appear to support defunding Planned Parenthood, reportedly agreeing that $61 billion in cuts for 2011 is reasonable (the reports right now are that there’s consensus on $38 billion between Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. John Boehner)

Renee Ellmers (NC): leading the way to defund Planned Parenthood

Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA): supports defunding Planned Parenthood

Update: Left out two women (thanks to the commenter who drew my attention to that!):

Ann Marie Buerkle (NY): supports defunding Planned Parenthood

Diane Black (TN): supports defunding Planned Parenthood

I want all women to feel empowered to run for office.  But there’s no question, I support women who support other women, and there is no way on earth that you can ever explain the position to defund Planned Parenthood as being supportive of women, especially when Planned Parenthood is all about health care for women and does NOT use federal funds for abortion.

Frankly – this position to defund Planned Parenthood because they think it has some connection to using federal funds for abortion makes these freshman look like absolute lemmings. Not how women should be positioning themselves – on untruths and against programs that serve literally millions of women with necessary health care.  Any legitimacy these elected women who would defund Planned Parenthood may ever have had in criticizing the Obama administration’s record with women is completely gone given their position to defund.

UPDATE: At approximately 4pm, several Republican women in the House of Representatives gave a presentation.  Renee Ellmers says she’d never support depriving women of health care since she’s a health care provider – but she insists that they keep fighting to reduce spending.  Diane Black is speaking now. I’m listening to see if any of them address Planned Parenthood head on – so far, as noted above, all they do is talk about the need to get spending under control. They don’t address the consequences of some of the cuts being proposed.

4 thoughts on “UPDATED: Where Republican Women Congressional Electeds Stand on Planned Parenthood Rider

  1. These republican women who are supporting defunding must be the dumbest women in the country. Who do these miscreants represent, and is their constituency as ignorant as their representatives

  2. Linda – thanks so much – I was working off a list that must have been pre-decision making on a couple of the races that were close to the wire and missed her! Thanks for your writing.

  3. Add Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) to that list of GOP newbies who will defund Planned Parenthood. I call her office every couple of weeks with my laundry list of concerns, but have never heard back from her in any form – email, phone call, letter. It’s especially disturbing because she cut her political teeth on activism — working for Operation Rescue, a detail she conveniently buried during her run for Congress. Largely expected to lose against a pro-choice incumbent, she won by the slimmest of margins and many in her district are outraged by her voting record already. It’s especially sad because her district butts up against Seneca Falls, home to the women’s rights movement, and she’s the first woman to represent NY’s 25th Congressional District. Clearly she has no interest in the well-being of her sisters.

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