(Daily Beast) -- The only good thing one can say about the fantasy world invented by Republicans at last week’s debate was that most of it remains, for now, fantasy. But on Friday, a little piece of that mass hallucination materialized into our shared reality: The House voted 241-187 to block funding to Planned Parenthood.
Believe it or not, that’s the good news. The Senate version of such a bill will not pass, and so any House vote to defund Planned Parenthood is mainly for show. GOP House leaders scheduled that vote—and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (described by one medical group as “gross legislative interference”)—in hopes of appeasing hardliners keen on using the federal government’s upcoming budget deadline (Oct. 1) to pressure their colleagues.
The bad news is that the GOP anti-Planned Parenthood caucus shows no signs of being appeased. “There will be a significant number of Republicans who will say, ‘I will vote no on any bill that has an opportunity to defund Planned Parenthood and fails to do so,’” Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told the AP. “I’ve never seen it get to this point where there’s this much discontent.”
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