So after calling and emailing Senator Scott Brown regarding Title X funding, I got back this email (and in no where near as timely a manner as Kerry and my area's House Rep, believe me, and my house rep actually sends LETTERS. SQUEE.),
Thank you for contacting me about providing funding to family planning programs and services, including Planned Parenthood. I value your input and would like to take this opportunity to respond.
It is my belief that we can and should provide women with family planning services. This has the potential to not only reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, but also abortions. Ultimately, I believe that abortion is a very personal issue and the questions that it raises are ones that rest with a woman, her family and her physician. However, I am opposed to the use of taxpayer dollars to provide or pay for abortions.
Since our nation faces record levels of debt and deficits, there are virtually no areas of the federal budget that are completely immune from reductions. Please know that I intend to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put together a reasonable package of budget reductions that are in the best long term financial interests of the country. And whatever cuts are ultimately made, my goal is to make sure they are judicious and fairly applied.
Thank you again for taking the time to share your views with me. When the Senate considers these matters, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind. If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact me or visit my website at www.scottbrown.senate.gov.
Scott P. Brown
United States Senator
I read this and scratched my head.
Didn't the email I sent clearly specify Title X? Didn't the email I sent through the ACLU also clearly state why Title X was important, and emphasize that since the funding didn't go towards abortions, why attack it? Didn't my phone call specifically mention Title X?
So, why am I getting a half assed response about not supporting federal funding going to abortions? Seriously, you made that clear during the healthcare bill discussions, (and I think you're an ass for it) but as every single one of my communications has specified, I am talking about Title X funding, funding that HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ABORTION OR YOUR VIEWS ON IT.
I sent this email back:
Hi Senator Brown/Interns,
Websites from the government you're employed by actually say that Title X funding has nothing to do with abortions, like here: http://www.hhs.gov/opa/familyplanning/index.html.
So I'm really confused as to this response: I've called and written expressing my support for Title X funding, which does not fund abortions. Your moral stance with abortion really has nothing to do with providing low income women and men with reproductive healthcare. I understand automatically generated emails, but this was a little much.
I hope you can find solidarity with Republicans like Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins and put reproductive health care ahead of the political rhetoric around abortion, especially with regards to funds that are already specified to not go towards abortion services.
"Kelsa" (Real name is here in the email, of course)
Did I miss something? I realize Republicans want Title X destroyed so they can punish reproductive health care that also provides abortion services using seperate funding, but seriously, this email just smushed me over the edge. And since I still hate him for mortgaging the future of gay and lesbian military members for his precious tax cuts...*eyeroll*
But no, seriously, do they really think I'm dumb enough that this is a satisfactory answer? Like, if I contact you about apples and you talk about how much you hate pears, and say its totally on topic because apples and pears are on the same shelf at the market...okay, this analogy is going a little far, but seriously, Senator Brown? Srsly?
Oh, and that sneaky little mention of women, family, and physician? Scott Brown supported notification of husbands and parents for women seeking abortions. cute how he wiggles that right in there.