gbaji is basically saying that, if the University of Florida (where I work) wants to host a convention (like our yearly convocation for the graduating class), they need to make a separate organization entirely to buy food. Why? Because state and federal funding cannot be used to purchase food here. Even that wouldn't work though, because the same people who work at UF would need to also work for this new organization. They would receive two paychecks, and a separate job form would need to be filled out for the new organization. And even though state funding could be used to rent the building or pay the salaries of the workers, this separate organization cannot receive it. Because they're buying food, and you can't really prove that it's not the federal funds being used, right?
Luckily, the real world does not work like this, because it's fucking idiotic. Instead, organizations receiving federal funds are required to show separate accounts. Funds from the government can be applied only to specific categories (like overhead or building rental). One of the categories that cannot be covered is anything directly related to the abortion process. Like the University of Florida, PP follows these rules because if they didn't they would not only lose their funding but could also would be sued for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars.
The point being, they can prove that government funds aren't being used for abortion procedures. I don't even know why gbaji tried this argument. What he should be saying is something like "well, the same doctors who give out condoms perform abortions and they get paid through federal funding!" Thing is, that's perfectly legal (same as us getting paid by government funding despite me using another fund to buy food for events).
The proper way to combat this, as I said before (and gbaji ignored or missed), is to pass legislation against it. The Hyde Amendment already dictates that this process is to be used. A budget, or a CR, is not a place to change policy. I mean, unless you like attaching unpopular measures to must-pass legislation.
Edited, Apr 14th 2011 8:37am by LockeColeMA
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