The Real Reason for the Attempt to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

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The House recently debated an amendment that would severely impact family planning our country. It would cut off funding for Planned Parenthood. But the bill would do more than this–it would kill “Title X” …

…a 1970 law that provides family planning for “nearly five million women every year at more than 4,000 health centers.” So it would hit lots of health centers in addition to Planned Parenthood. According to TIME magazine’s Nancy Gibbs, of Planned Parenthood’s $1 billion+ annual budget, about one third comes from federal, state and local governments. By law, none of these funds can be used for abortion. And abortion represents three percent of Planned Parenthood’s services; the other 97% goes toward family planning, immunizations, cancer screening, and sexually transmitted diseases.

But cutting funding to a slew of health centers like Planned Parenthood and others, would help cut spending, right? The Guttmacher Institute says wrong. It estimate that for every dollar invested in Title X for contraceptive care in particular, taxpayers save medicaid costs. The law “prevents about a million unintended pregnancies, about half of which would end in abortion.”

But even if Title X and Planned Parenthood funding were tanked, people could still go to community health clinics–they would still have somewhere to go, right? Not likely, as the GOP wants to but a billion dollars from those as well.

So kill Title X and Planned Parenthood funding, and the places that are left, you will get more unintendend pregancies, more abortions, and more children being born to poor parents. What Gibbs refers to as “deficit hawks” in Congress should be annoyed that the proposed cost cutting bill that will surely be more likely to cost more money in the end.

At the heart of it, the bill’s agenda is not about cost cutting — it is just another  back door way to try and go after reproductive rights. Let’s hope the Senate and the President, if it ever gets to his desk, sees this for what it is.

2 thoughts on “The Real Reason for the Attempt to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

  1. I am still dumbfounded that America voted Republicans into power last election. With all the problems in this country (health care, unemployment, etc.), we put the womb police on duty? There has been some conjecture that suggests they are just putting on a grand show for their anti-abortion base and that bill won’t actually pass. I hope this is the case (horribly offensive as it is already), but nothing would surprise me at this point.

    1. Xena, I’ve read that the Senate will not let this go any farther, and the President will not sign, hope this is the case. Putting the “womb police on duty” (loe that!) seems like such a waste of time and money when there are so many things to be attending to ~ Like Gibbs seems to insinuate her feeling to be in her piece–very frustrating!

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