Dold Proposal Would Help Women’s Health

Schneider likes the policy behind the legislation but questions the Congressman’s motivation.

Federal legislation to protect women’s health was introduced Wednesday by prohibiting discrimination against health care providers participating in certain government programs from excluding services like contraception from coverage.

Specifically, Dold wants to prevent institutions like hospitals and clinics participating in Title X from allowing some services and denying others. Title X was passed in 1970 providing preventive care to low income women.

“This legislation is needed and timely,” Dold said. “We have seen in Congress and several states attempts to block funds to Title X participants. For over 40 years, Title X has provided access to contraception and health education to women.” He added that more than 70 percent are low income.

According to a report in the Huffington Post Wednesday, eight state legislatures have voted to defund Planned Parenthood over the past several years in order to prevent so-called "taxpayer-funded abortions." The House voted to block Title X money to Planned Parenthood last year.

Even though the Hyde Amendment prevents the government from using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, Republican lawmakers often use the argument that awarding Title X or Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings, STD testing and birth control could free up other money that it will use for abortion services, according to the Huffington Post article.

Dold recognizes he if his proposed bill is to become law. A number of members of his party have supported efforts to block funds. He considers himself a pro choice Republican and believes the legislation is necessary.

There is no question we need bipartisan support,” Dold said. “I’ve been about that since I started. This should be a bipartisan cause. We have to put people above politics and progress above partisanship.”

Dold’s Democratic opponent in the Nov. 6 election, , may like the idea but is skeptical of the North Shore Congressman’s motivation.

“It’s legislation I would have supported in January, 2011. It’s one position to cover up a long record. You have to look at the whole record,” Schneider said. “You have to be there every year not just in an election year,” he added criticizing Dold for his political timing

Schneider was not alone in his criticism. An email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) criticized Dold for voting to defund Planned Parenthood in February as part of the continuing resolution to fund the government. .

“Protecting access to healthcare has always been one of my priorities which is why I spoke out against an effort to defund Planned Parenthood,” Dold said. Darlee Crockett, national co-chair of Republicans for Planned Parenthood stood with Dold Wednesday when he introduced the legislation in Washington.

In February, to maintain funding for Planned Parenthood. When the measure failed, he voted for the complete legislation to keep the government running.

Winnetka May 10, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Tired of women being patronized by gov't officials and supposedly pro-women's groups like NOW, as solely being concerned about what goes on between our legs. I don't want gov't mandating or involved in my reproductive health. Have we not witnessed in modern history how horribly wrong that can go? China?? Don't think it can't happen.There are "czars" in the current administration who have clearly stated they believe health care intervention for certain individuals isn't in the best interest of the general population if it exhausts financial resources that would better serve the more "able bodied" of the population. It is not a stretch to wonder if they would determine who among us should be able to reproduce or not based on that premise. We can expect that scenario if we find ourselves living under a federal gov't nanny state health care regime w/ an out of control deficit. Why hasn't anyone polled women, to ask them what their top 3 concerns are? Or maybe someone has and the slobbering, federal gov't lovin', main stream media simply won't report it? They think we(Women) are dumb and they know what is best for the "simple people" aka anyone not on their plateau. This is very dangerous.
Winnetka May 10, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Is that a rhetorical question? Drowning man comes to mind when I think of our president's latest "epiphany". As for Dold...I'm having voter's remorse. He is a RINO to say the least.
Nightcrawler May 10, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Wow. A bit paranoid, are we?
Tony Horwitz May 10, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Mr. Dold has a problem in that the Illinois 10th is full of actual thinking Republicans, who are hugely pro-business, but generally much more mainstream in terms of social issues. Impossible in other parts of the country. Kinda makes him an outlier in a party which has lurched even further to the right with the primary system and the push to the extremes. In order to have a chance here, Dold has to at least pretend to be a social moderate, making him practically a pariah in his party. He's just lucky some Joe Walsh type didn't run against him in the primary or he would have had to take more rightward positions.
SeanS65 May 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Dold is counting on the dis-engaged electorate to be swindled by his election year antics. Why not, they work!
deerfield 60015 May 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Easy for Dold to use this as tool in the hopes of getting re-elected. He knows it will never get out of the house.
deerfield 60015 May 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Take your meds.
deerfield 60015 May 10, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Wrong...did you listen to what he said? You wouldn't vote for him anyway so it doesn't matter what you think.
deerfield 60015 May 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Dold has voted party line more than 85% of the time. This move by Dold is just a ploy as he knows this bill will not get out of the House, so he tries to appease the Dems in his district, but we know better. We all know Dold is just another party hack.
RB May 11, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Man, that's some crazy shiz...
Ellen Beth Gill May 11, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I'm guessing Dold went for the cheap and easy press on this one, and he got it. If it's the only way we can ever get anything done in Congress anymore than perhaps we shouldn't be so mad. But, introduced does not mean passed. It's a safe bet that Dold's bill won't see the light of day if he's reelected, and it therefore only proves the opposite of what he's trying to show, his importance to women voters. But this little doomed bill really shows that his reelection is not important to women no matter what happens. If Republicans win the House, and Dold wins reelection, he won't continue support for this policy because he'll have no need to do so, and opposing his own victorious party will not do his future political career any good, and in an increasingly right-wing Republican House, he won't get co-sponsors who can move the bill forward. If Democrats win the House, but he wins reelection here in IL-10, he won't continue support for this policy because he'll have to support his party against the opponent. If Democrats win big enough, they won't need his bill or his support. If Dold loses, Schneider would likely vote to protect Planned Parenthood and similar women's health organizations and get his party's support in any event. So, proving me wrong, will Dold pledge in writing to push this bill if reelected no matter what, and do the ultra conservatives who supported him in 2010 feel baited and switched or do they admire a deception to win strategy?
Louis G. Atsaves May 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM
The party line on women issues 85% of the time? Or are you just blowing partisan smoke here?
Louis G. Atsaves May 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM
You contradict yourself Ellen, as usual. Are you saying that Democrats will oppose the Dold bill for purely partisan reasons to try to insure the defeat of Dold during the election? If so, does that mean that Democrats have prioritized the defeat of Dold ahead of women's rights? If so, that is pretty shabby!
Tony Horwitz May 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM
No Lou, she means that the Republican controlled house will never let it see the light of day so it is purely a political ploy on Dold's part. Doesn't matter whether any Democrats support it or not, You know Democrats support the premise, and they know that even a so called moderate Republican like Dold is just one more vote with the party when it counts and therefore any vote for a Republican in the house is a vote against women (and other minorities).
Louis G. Atsaves May 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Tony, your logic and that of Ellen's, assumes that only one political party can "own" an issue. That is not how government should work. Assuming that logic, should Schneider defeat Dold and join a House dominated by Republicans, then he shouldn't bother introducing any bills as the majority Republicans would block it? That is why moderates who are so despised by the extreme left and extreme right are so important to the process. The 10th has been represented by good moderates going back to the Porter days. Why should we allow that proud tradition to end due to extreme Democratic gerrymandering this time around?
Sully May 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM
From where do you get your information, Winnetka? You may want to look elsewhere in the future.
Tony Horwitz May 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Lou, the Republican party OWNS limiting access to contraception, eliminating abortion, blocking equal pay for women, voting rights restriction, and on and on. It is true that both sides are often guilty of pandering, and a lot of votes are purely political because the outcome is pre-determined, but the question is REAL support for the rights of women and minorities, and I often wonder how any woman, or person of color, or committed same-sex couple (or anyone who supports the rights of minorities of any sort) could ever vote for a Republican again, ever. We may be a bit more moderate here in northern Illinois, but the support of Republicans in general supports the stuff they do in North Carolina, and places like that. If you let the majority vote on minority rights, this is what you get.
Sully May 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Louise, today's republican party has been so hijacked by the right, not even moderate republicans can introduce bills that would be allowed to get past the leaders. Boehner has learned the hard way, and everything he does now is influenced by the far right. The far right do want to "own" every issue and their scare tactics and unwillingness to compromise have made this congress one of the least effective ever. It doesn't matter that not everyone in this country believes as they do. It's their way or the highway, as the saying goes. Political gridlock is what they do best.
Local May 11, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Is it really paranoid to think the government might not always have the people's best interests in mind? Poor blind sheeple..."take your meds".... just keep em numb n dumb!!
Local May 11, 2012 at 04:04 PM
So deerfield, because someone wouldn't vote for you're guy "it doesn't matter what you think"? That has to be one of the most pompous, self-absorbed things you could say...kind of defines today's liberal thinking. I listened to what "he" said and it certainly seems suspect to me, that 8 months before an election (with his poll #'s slipping), he has this epiphany, please! How naive would you have to be, to think this was anything but political pandering.
Nightcrawler May 11, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Hey, reread the post, pal. "Czars?" Sheesh.
Local May 11, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I read the post pal...what part about czars is throwing you off? Shake up you're "news" sources a bit, the term czar is not new....Sheesh!
Local May 11, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Hey sully I don't think political gridlock is really only a Republican thing? When it comes right down to it, this country is split pretty evenly, so it's likely nearly half the people always disagree on what is correct.
Nightcrawler May 11, 2012 at 07:27 PM
So who are these czars? Are they escorted around by black-booted UN troops? And to whom do they wish to deny "health care intervention?"
Sully May 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
But Local, these republicans, lead by the tea party, have filibustered or held up more proposals than any other congress before them. How many vacancies have been left open in important positions because holds keep being placed on the nominees?
Local May 11, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Read the link. There are tons of other sources on the web too, if you don't trust mine. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._executive_branch_czars#section_1
Local May 11, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I agree to a point, but Washington, Springfield, you name it, politics is broken. I put my faith in no party, my faith lies in the people! Unfortunately it seems even good people fall victim to the power and influence of the parties. We need to reform the political system, or we're all in big trouble.
Nightcrawler May 11, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Again, reread Winnetka's post. Then tell us which ones "…have clearly stated they believe health care intervention for certain individuals isn't in the best interest of the general population if it exhausts financial resources that would better serve the more 'able bodied' of the population." Because that smacks of Marvel Comics paranoia.
Local May 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Start with Cass Sunstein...and slow down on the blue Kool-Aid! "Marvel Comics paranoia", what does that even mean?
Sully May 11, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I agree, Local. Start by getting rid of all the moneyed interest involved, beginning with repealing Citizen's United.


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