Roundup: Does Scott Brown Really Support Planned Parenthood?


Planned Parenthood: Former Massachusetts governor supports it, what is Senator Scott Brown true stance on defunding it, and Rep. Alan West is offended that it’s in so many black communities. Also – radiation risks to pregnant women in Japan, and fertility treatments for HIV-positive men who want children.

  • A former Republican Governor of Massachusetts, William Weld, voices his support for the work of Planned Parenthood and the Title X family planning program.
  • Speaking of Republicans from Massachusetts – what exactly is Senator Scott Brown’s stance on defunding Planned Parenthood? Specifically, on Monday he said that “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.” Yet, the Massachusetts Citizens for Life said to their supporters on Tuesday that he hasn’t taken a position on the specific issue of defunding Planned Parenthood. Brown’s spokesperson said, “The statement speaks for itself. Scott Brown is working to minimize the cuts to family planning. We don’t have anything else to add at this point.” Hmm.
  • Representative Alan West (R-FL-22) is offended “that Planned Parenthood is located in so many of our black communities.” He made that statement at a town hall meeting in his home district of Palm Beach in response to a question asking where uninsured women should go for cancer screening, birth control, or prenatal care.
  • What is the danger to pregnant women exposed to radiation in Japan? Fox News has a report on the risks of prenatal radiation.
  • Fertility treatments can help couples who want to have children prevent female HIV exposure when the male partner is infected by “washing” sperm before insemination. None of the women in a recent study were infected with HIV, nor were any babies born with the virus.

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