More specifically, a bill of attainder has to meet three legal requirements: The law has to "determine guilt and inflict punishment," it must act "upon an identifiable individual," and it must do so "without provision of the protections of a judicial trial." All these requirements are met here. First, removing Planned Parenthood's federal funding, over half a billion dollars that help it provide cancer screenings, gynecological care, contraceptive counseling, and more, is a clear instance of punishment. The Republican-controlled House voted to remove the funding based on deceptive videos from the Center for Medical Progress that purport to show that Planned Parenthood sells aborted fetal body parts and alters abortion procedures to facilitate those sales. Putting aside the fact that the videos show nothing of the sort, if it were somehow true that Planned Parenthood engaged in these actions, the organization would have violated federal laws and regulations. The proper way to respond to these alleged illegal actions, then, would be to hold a hearing at which Planned Parenthood could present its case. That's what our Constitution requires. Instead, Congress has already tried and convicted Planned Parenthood for these alleged crimes. And as a result, Congress is punishing Planned Parenthood by taking away funding. After all, that's how you punish a corporation: You hit it in the pocketbook. Providing even more proof that this is punishment, Congress is removing funding from the part of Planned Parenthood that has nothing to do with the allegations. Federal law already prohibits federal money from going toward abortion care, so Planned Parenthood receives no federal money for its abortion services. Thus, Congress is, based on allegations of improprieties in Planned Parenthood's abortion care, removing funding from the organization's other medical services. Attacking this other unrelated part of the organization is punitive, plain and simple. The other requirements of a bill of attainder are more easily explained. The law targets an individual, as it defunds Planned Parenthood alone. Though the Supreme Court has not explicitly ruled on the matter, lower courts have found that corporations are protected by the guarantee against bills of attainder. And with the Supreme Court happy to find that corporations are protected by the First Amendment in the infamous Citizens United case, it is hard to imagine it finding otherwise with bills of attainder. Finally, this punishment inflicted upon Planned Parenthood has most certainly occurred without any judicial trial. No court or administrative agency has found that Planned Parenthood has violated the law and punished it accordingly. In fact, at least five states have investigated Planned Parenthood's involvement in fetal-tissue donation programs and have cleared it of any wrongdoing. The framers knew the dangers that bills of attainder pose to individual liberty and separation of powers and wrote the protection against them into the first article of the Constitution. Unfortunately, it appears that members of Congress, like my students on day one of their constitutional law course, do not know about this basic constitutional protection.
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G5 wants legal medical procedures separated into things he likes and doesn't like so he can look at the financials and determine that money was spent on thing's he doesn't like that are perfectly legal. For some reason.
I feel the haterade swelling within you, but last week that douche sure seemed to care about her flights and her salary, how embarrassing for a Republican to have to go after someone that's good at capitalism in order to placate your religious crazies.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Thursday that the GOP's investigation into Planned Parenthood's use of federal funds hasn't turned up anything. "Did I look at the finances and have a hearing specifically as to the revenue portion and how they spend? Yes. Was there any wrongdoing? I didn't find any," he said during a Judiciary Committee hearing on the family planning provider. Chaffetz, a candidate for House speaker, grilled Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards during a five-hour hearing last week. He questioned her salary, asked about the organization's expenses and revenues, and pressed Richards on why the group had revenue of $127 million last year if it's a nonprofit. (Nonprofits put their revenues back into their programs.) But after all that, he concluded that Planned Parenthood isn't doing anything sketchy with its money. "Did we find any wrongdoing? The answer was no," Chaffetz said.
Everyone loves to quote the founding fathers and the Constitution, and both were in vogue when we were a small agrarian country that wanted nothing to do with European intrigue or world affairs in general