An emergency funding bill dedicated to combating the Zika virus is expected to come up for another contentious vote in Congress this week.
Republicans and Democrats are quarreling with amendments to the bill, including a Republican amendment that would exclude Planned Parenthood from receiving any allocations. Democrats argue that Planned Parenthood's contraceptive services are critical in preventing the spread of the virus through sex and with helping women avoid pregnancy as is advised on an ad hoc basis as mosquito vectors spread.
As reported by "The Hill," Republicans argue Planned Parenthood can still be reimbursed through Medicaid, and that the Zika bill provides funding for alternatives like community health centers. AirTalk will discuss and debate the politics of this funding bill.
Jamila Taylor, Senior Fellow specializing in women’s health policy at the Center for American Progress - a left-leaning think tank
Paris Dennard, Republican political analyst and former staffer for President George W. Bush and the Republican National Committee