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March 7, 2017

My FOURTH Open Letter To Senator Pat Toomey

I'll be dropping this letter to Senator Pat Toomey in the mail today:
Dear Senator Toomey:

It's me, again. Your constituent who also writes for the local Pittsburgh-based political blog, "2 Political Junkies."

This week, I'd like to ask you about Planned Parenthood.  In a recent piece at the York Dispatch, I found this:
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., was brief in explaining his support for defunding Planned Parenthood, saying any taxpayer dollars going to the organization “are at least indirectly subsidizing abortions.”
You have to know that this is, at least indirectly, misleading, don't you?  Since the government funding going to Planned Parenthood is mostly in the form of Medicaid and Title X reimbursements for testing and treatment of STDs, cancer screening and prevention, and so on.  As most of that money is from Medicaid, a plan designed to help out low-income people, denying that funding to Planned Parenthood, at least indirectly, would more or less directly result in a lessened level of preventative care for thousands of low income Pennsylvanians - your constituents.

Are you comfortable with that?
And I will be posting whatever response I get from him or his office.

Follow-up: 

3 comments:

Greg Knight said...

I have tried to help you write better letters that might actually get a response, but you continue the same behavior expecting different results... unless these are the results you want, so you can say you never got a reply.

Maria Lupinacci said...

FYI: I received a letter back from my State Senator, Jay Costa. I'm pretty sure I wrote to him around the same time that you wrote your first letter to Toomey. But then Costa is a Democrat.

Dayvoe said...

My guess is that his pile of mail is bigger than Senator Costa's. So the delay is OK.

For now.