Brown breaks with party on Planned Parenthood debate
March 22nd, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Brown breaks with party on Planned Parenthood debate

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Scott Brown said Tuesday he disagrees with the Republican House effort to cut off support for Planned Parenthood as part of the ongoing budget negotiations.

"I support family planning and health services for women. Given our severe budget problems, I don't believe any area of the budget is completely immune from cuts," the Massachusetts senator said in a statement. "However, the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far. As we continue with our budget negotiations, I hope we can find a compromise that is reasonable and appropriate."

Conservatives in the House have demanded Congress end funding for the organization because of its abortion services and last month passed an amendment, largely along party lines, to end funding. Although current law prevents the use of federal money for abortion procedures, critics argue the money guarantees the organization has the resources to provide the operation.

Brown, a freshman senator from a historically Democratic state, is up for reelection in 2012 and is the latest Republican to break with his party over funding for the non-profit organization. Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susah Collins of Maine have also raised concerns about cutting off funding, an issue sure to receive attention as the Senate and House debate how to continue funding the government when the current continuing resolution expires April 8.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee used Brown's statement to criticize him in an email to supporters Tuesday.

"If Scott Brown felt this way, he should have shown some backbone and opposed these cuts in the first place," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Matt Canter said in a statement.

The statement pointed to Brown's support of the Republican budget passed earlier in March that cut all funding for Planned Parenthood.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Redleg

    Of course being thoughtful and actually serving his country in uniform means he will be cast out as a RINO.

    March 22, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. DAVE

    i had a hard time fufuring out why mass elected a republican. ted kennedy had brains even if you did not like his views now as i watch rep brown i get it! in that state you must prove you have a working brain before you get elected. i don't like most of his views but rommney has a brain too! i am a democrat and like smart people! i hate unproven ideologies that have not been proven to work like trickle down economics.

    March 22, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  3. jerry

    Love watching these guys find out that governing is a lot different than attending a Tea Party rally.

    March 22, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. duckbutter

    at lease the guy is honest... one thing he will do what he thinks is right regardless of his party...

    March 22, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. Really?

    I'm starting to like this guy.

    March 22, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    I thought the election in 2010 was a mandate for job creation.

    Looks like it's nothing more than the republicans trying to deny women the right to control their own body and soul. Hypocrits. I think any woman who gets an abortion should be able to tell who got her pregnant and that man SHOULD BE CASTRATED !!

    March 22, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    This is the way you make yourself mighty
    Take notes from Brown you clueless righties
    Get the TP on your side to win an election
    Afterward, get noticed as you begin your deflection

    Vote a little “this way” and “that way” not forgetting where you’re from
    Then vote another way – confuse them – because they’re really dumb

    You are from a BLUE STATE and you know you were selected
    You also know if you FU you have NO chance of getting reelected!!!

    I am ROTLMAO because –
    The TP thought they ruled – they were the boss
    But STEAM dies when you remove the TeaPot from the flame
    And Scott Brown turned the fire off – What a pity – What a shame!!

    Scott Brown is not a far-right candidate and the way he votes is the way he feels – no matter who put him in office. He knows that he cannot get reelected if he forgets about his STATE and the color of the state he came from!!!

    March 22, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. Debbie from Arizona

    I hope more Republicans have the guts to support Planned Parenthood. The Republicans ran on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS and now all they are doing is attacking anything that has to do with women in this country. What is wrong here? They are totally proving that the saying " they love the fetus, and hate the child" is totally true. Not only do they want to defund Planned Parenthood, they want to make drastic cuts to WIC (Women, Infants and Children) . This program provides well check-ups for children infant – five years old, and vouchers for formula and food. They want to force women to have a baby, even if it conceived through rape or incest, yet take away any kind of help they may need. This is disgusting and very Anti- American. The Tea Party take over of our Congress is dangerous and I for one plan to do everything I can to see that they are not elected again in 2012.

    March 22, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. Indy

    Sarah Palin and Bachmann will hate your guts for this Scotty. Rock on Mr Brown !

    March 22, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. thomas

    Thank you Mr ! I wish all the republican Christian right could move to Bangladesh , then they would understand the importance of family planing and education !

    March 22, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The idea that planned parenthood only supports and does abortions is just silly. We need to make sure that women know how to control their bodies and know how to make informed choices. The money cut from here won't be worth it.

    March 22, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Planned Parenthood provides essential health care to low-income, uninsured and underinsured women. Cutting funding to this organization is just plain wrong and mean-spirited. The vast majority of its expenditures go towards helping women live healthy lives so that when they choose to get pregnant, they deliver healthy babies that they have the skills to take care of and raise.

    March 22, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Here's a program the Republicans should cut: The Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. I don't know what its budget was last year, but in FI 2005, it was $2.2 BILLION.

    Besides being in direct violation of the Constitution that clearly states a separation of church and state, and that the "government shall establish no religion," religious organizations in our country not only enjoy tax-exempt status for all their income and property holdings, donations to these religious organizations are tax-deductible for the contributor.

    Religious organizations in our country – especially all those red state mega-churches with their huge buildings and private jets for their "pastors" – certainly don't need any financial help from the American taxpayer to make ends meet.

    March 22, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  14. MartiM

    Uh-oh, here we go, Scott Brown is going to run for President!

    March 22, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  15. Adela

    Plan Parenthood should not be a target. Because the company provides needed health services. Congress needs to take a pay cut and alter their medical coverage so that they can live like the people who put them in office.

    March 23, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  16. CNN The Masters of Spin

    I am embarrassed to say that I contributed to this Liberal Democrat who ran as a Republican.......he will never receive one more dime from me & certainly not a vote!

    March 23, 2011 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  17. jules sand-perkins

    Senator Brown is correct.
    Republicans should be pushing him, or someone like him, as a presidential candidate in 2012.
    The Republicans' problem there is that Senator Brown lives in this century, and most Republicans are convinced that if they leave their time warp of Bubbas and Baptist preachers they won't have any bait to win elections.

    March 23, 2011 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  18. Peter E

    Republicans are just delaying. They concentrate on a few, laughably small budget items because they don't want to face the reality that the budget cannot be balanced without:
    -Making cuts to medicare and social security (thus alienating their senior base)
    -Rolling back tax cuts (thus alienating their rich and corporate donors)
    -Making cuts to the military (thus alienating a lot of their conservative pro-war base)
    These are the largest items in the budget, making up over 90% of it. Without making cuts to them, the budget cannot be balanced.
    Republicans are all talk, but no action. They want us to believe they are fiscally conservative by cutting less than 1% of the budget. Don't make me laugh!

    March 23, 2011 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  19. RKN

    I'm beginning to like this guy.
    He shows more signs of intelligence than others in his party.

    March 23, 2011 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  20. d mclain

    If we stop funding our politicians we will be able to fund more important programs like health care for poor. Why do they get paid more than our troops who actual do their job of protecting and serving our country and the people?
    As I watch my beloved wifes health slip further away because of lack of funding and lack of health care, I become more disgusted with how our country bickers over bs and does nothing to save lives in our own country. We pay our taxes and when we become in need of the services that we need there is nothing there.
    We are killing our own tax paying people because of pathetic religious beliefs. Thought we were free from religion. Why spend the billions on another country when we need those billions here to save our own people from pain and suffering?
    And a thought on abortion: would you really want all of these unwanted "unborn" babies to be brought into this world with no one to take care of them? Keep all religions out of government. That is our freedom. We are not a christian nation!!! We are simply a free nation. Or suppose to be.

    March 23, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  21. Gail

    He seems to be a guy that is reasonable and will take into consideration all aspects of a problem when trying to find a solution. We need more like him.

    March 23, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  22. Tom

    What the GOP isn't telling you that the few hundred you save on an abortion have the potential to turn intil hundreds of thousands later (public schools, college grants, etc.). They also aren't telling you that through services provided, they PP prevents a lot of abortions (through therapy, birth control, education, etc.) and that this is just a way of taking away medical treatment for women. My wife has gone there for checkups before – we like the privacy we get over other doctors in our area.

    March 23, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  23. GrogInOhio

    "...I hope we can find a compromise that is reasonable and appropriate."... What??? Compromise, reasonable and appropriate are words that have been voided in the House Republican vocabulary. Good luck with that...

    March 23, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. Taioseach

    Sen Brown should run for President. He uses his mind and doesn't tow the party line.

    March 23, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. Byrd

    Is there still a glimmer of sanity in these cretins? One can only hope.

    March 23, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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