Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood's president, addresses an audience during an event Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H., during which Planned Parenthood endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. The endorsement by the group's political arm marks Planned Parenthood's first time wading into a presidential primary. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Planned Parenthood is in Shambles

Buzzfeed’s interview of Planned Parenthood CEO and terrible human being, Cecile Richards is one of the greatest things on the internet.  Richards has a palpable sense of panic over the possibility of  losing federal funding for her organization and it’s awesome.

Republicans have tried to defund Planned Parenthood for years. Now, with the GOP in control of both chambers of Congress and the executive branch, it’s extremely likely the nonprofit will be stripped of the more than $500 million it gets from the federal government for Medicaid reimbursements each year. So this provision in the bill was expected; what was setting in for those in the clinic is that the process had begun.

The interview went on to this gem:

Even Roe v. Wade, the 1973 law that legalized abortion, might be in danger. “Quite clearly the Supreme Court is an enormous risk,” Richards conceded, saying that she had “no hope” for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, based on his past decisions.

While the interview is incredibly encouraging to those of us who don’t support killing babies, I cant help but be concerned. The GOP has no excuse. We control the House, Senate, Presidency, a majority of Governorships and state houses. If we do not dismantle Planned Parenthood, there is literally no one else to blame besides ourselves. More importantly, if this does not happen now, when will it happen? Will there be a time in the future when our control of government will be any larger? No. The Democrats are in shambles.

Strategically, now is an important time. The 2012 crop of Senators are up for reelection in 2018. “Legitimate rape” anyone? Yeah, those guys… If you’re not familiar, several GOP dumbasses candidates for Senate in 2012 said preposterous statements about rape that cost us a multiple seats. Those Democrat Senators are up for reelection and by conservative estimates, they could lose 4-6 seats very easily. All of this underscores the significance of defunding Planned Parenthood now. The Democrats are hurting and know bad days are ahead. Now is the time.

The GOP told us for years we needed all three branches of government to repeal Obamacare. The voters delivered, handing crippling defeats to the Democrats in three out of the past four cycles. How does the GOP thank its loyal voters? Leaked memos advocating the “fix” of Obamacare, not the repeal. Examples like this (and there are many more) are why I refuse to get my hopes up. However, if there is a hill to die on, this is the hill. If we wont support the sanctity of life, why the hell are we here?

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