Congress will soon be voting against clinics that provide medical attention to women, their hormones, their uterus, pap smears, birth control and a number of other feminine health care issues. However, when it comes to talking about the same things they are making laws about, several GOP staffers feel it’s too graphic.
Jezebel reported that a Philadelphia woman was having a phone conversation with a staff member who works for Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), and voiced her dislike with the Republican was on the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood.
Nina Starner, a 26-year-old from Pennsylvania, called her senator because she wanted to know what the GOP planned on doing after they repeal Obamacare. When didn’t receive many answers, she turned the subject to federal funding for Planned Parenthood and if women on Medicaid will be able to use those clinics.
In the past, Toomey has not been shy about voicing his support for defunding Planned Parenthood and pushing for legislation that would penalize doctors who perform abortions.
“I would support legislation in Pennsylvania that would ban abortion,” Toomey once told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. “And I would suggest that we have penalties for doctors who perform them.”
According to the Voice, Starner explained to the staffer how the Hyde Amendment bans federal money from going to abortions, so defunding Planned Parenthood wasn’t about that. When the staffer suggested that the funding could be used for those services and nobody would know, Starner asked how would the centers account for the spent money, to which he had no answer.
When Starner suggested that she call another day to talk to Sen. Toomey about her period and reproductive system, the staffer asked her not to “be so graphic.” She told the staffer that GOP lawmakers “should understand the workings of reproductive systems since they’re legislating on them.”
“I am one of his constituents; it’s my right to voice my dissent, especially since I didn’t vote for Sen. Toomey,” Starner said. “I feel I have the right to go to a staffer in a frustrated tone of voice.”