This, to me, is an amazing development.

The budget disagreement, and whether or not the government shuts down, is now hinging on whether or not tax dollars continue to fund the abortion industry.

Obama and the Democrats have made clear they’re willing to withhold troop funding over the issue of abortion.

But there are 2 moving parts, and Democrat (supposedly pro-life) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this morning attempted to blur all sorts of lines.

There are 2 budgets being discussed, a short-term one-week Continuing Resolution that would fund the government April 8 – 15, and a longer-term CR that would fund the government through September.

The only rider having anything to do with abortion in the 1-week short term CR would reban taxpayer funding of abortions in the District of Columbia. If the Democrat-controlled US Senate and Obama signed this CR, which the House has already passed, they would give the 3 branches breathing room to finalize the long-term CR.

Don’t forget, the only reason the government has been under constant threat of shutdown this entire year is because the Democrat-controlled House, Senate, and Executive Branch refused to do their job last October and pass a budget for Fiscal Year 2011. They did not want to jeopardize the election, and in so doing grossly neglected their jobs. And a lot of good that did.

The long-term CR would defund abortions in DC and also defund international groups that promote abortion (restore the Mexico City policy), defund Planned Parenthood, defund UNFPA (which participates in China’s one-child policy), and defund Title X.

So in a speech a couple hours ago, Reid tried to mash the short- and long-term CRs together and also sell funding of Planned Parenthood without ever mentioning the apparently unpopular words, “Planned Parenthood.” In so doing Reid stretched the true intent of Title X – which is “family planning” – to become an all-encompassing healthcare unavailable through any other government program or apparently by any other “healthcare” entity that PP. Read the entire text here. Following are excerpts…

My wife and I have been married for more than 50 years. We have one daughter and nine granddaughters….

One day, one of them may need a cancer screening…. Over their lives they’ll also need other tests like cholesterol and blood pressure screenings….

Some women, of course, have doctors. Others, including many of the poorest among us, do not. So where do they go to get blood pressure or cholesterol or cancer screenings?

Thankfully, there is a little-known part of a little-known law that saves many lives. It’s called Title X, and it’s part of a public health law. And it means that women and girls can go to their local health department or a community clinic and get these tests. More than five million women use centers funded by Title X every year….

With a government shutdown looming not weeks away, or days away, but just hours away – why are we talking about whether women can keep getting something as simple and as non-controversial as cancer screenings?

The answer is that Republicans want to shut down our nation’s government because they want to make it harder for women to get the health services they need.

And by the way, that does not include abortion. It is illegal to use federal funds for abortion services. So anyone who says this debate is over abortion isn’t being truthful. It is about simple and important health services….

But now the Tea Party is trying to sneak through its extreme social agenda – issues that have nothing to do with funding the government. They are willing to throw women under the bus, even if it means they’ll shut down the government.

But that debate does not belong in an urgent budget bill to keep the country running. And it especially doesn’t belong here at this late hour.

The consequences of letting our country’s funding expire would be devastating. It would be devastating to our troops, to our small businesses and to Americans’ everyday lives….

But Republicans are asking me to sacrifice my wife’s health, my daughter’s health and my nine granddaughters’ health. They’re asking me to sacrifice the health of women in Nevada and across America. I won’t do it.

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