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Planned Parenthood Defunding: Family Planning's Not a GOP Family Value?

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When it comes to family planning, apparently the ability to decide whether or when to have a child isn't part of Republican family values.

That's the message the GOP-controlled House sent by voting to cut not only all of Planned Parenthood's $75 million in federal funding for family planning but also the entire $317 million Title X budget. Title X money helps pay for birth control, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, breast and cervical cancer testing, prenatal care, sex education and vasectomies for men. About 4.7 million Americans get health care from clinics funded by Title X money, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Indiana Rep. Mike Pence represented his successful gutting of the funding as a victory in preventing abortion, even though the Hyde Amendment, enacted in 1977, prohibits federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. And President Barack Obama signed an executive order last year preserving the funding ban under the new health care reform law.

In addition to the money from from Title X, which was signed into law by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970, Planned Parenthood and other health care providers receive Medicaid money for health services to low-income people. Under Pence's amendment, approved in a 240-185 vote, Planned Parenthood wouldn't be allowed to receive any federal dollars, including money from Medicaid.

This assault on Planned Parenthood isn't new. Twelve years ago in Colorado, the state Legislature and health department took away Planned Parenthood's Title X funding by prohibiting family planning money for clinics that also offered abortions. Instead, the federal money has gone to health departments and independent clinics in the state. If the Title X money is cut, that means almost 50,000 people in Colorado might not get access to birth control and other health services.

Planned Parenthood estimates that one in five women have received health care from one of its 800 clinics at some point in their lives. I'm among them.

Almost 40 years ago, growing up in a rural community, a guidance counselor gathered together the girls in sixth and seventh grade. We all received copies of "Our Bodies, Ourselves," the now classic tome on women, health and sexuality. We were told about the dangers of having sex at a young age. We were also told that if we planned to have sex, we should consider using birth control -- and the nearest Planned Parenthood clinic was the place to get it.

I certainly didn't need such services then. But I did once I went to college. And for many young college women, Planned Parenthood is the first place they go to seek birth control.
There's a sliding fee scale, so if you don't have health insurance it's cheaper than going to a doctor's office. With more than 800 clinics around the nation, there's typically a Planned Parenthood nearby.

And, let's face it, going to Planned Parenthood to get birth control is easier for many young women than going to their family physician.

But let's face this, too. Almost 80 percent of Planned Parenthood's clientele are age 20 and over. Seventy-five percent of the people who use its services are at or below 150 percent of the poverty level -- $33,525 for a family of four in 2011.

Opponents of the House action hope to reverse the family planning cuts in the Senate, where Democrats have a narrow majority.

Guttmacher, which tracks statistics on reproductive health and abortion, predicts the cut in Title X family planning money would mean a one-third increase in unplanned pregnancies -- and abortions.

Is that what the GOP hopes to achieve?

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mustangdad2000

If the truth were known, the majority of Americans would get behind the GOP plan to defund Planned Barenhood. It is another blatant misuse of our tax dollar by democrats.

PB is the largest abortion profiteer in the nation. Another dirty little secret about them is they were founded by Margaret Sanger, a racist and proponent of the Eugentics Society.

Active in exposing them, I often was invited to radio or tv programs, or to various colleges, to debate them. Since I always exposed there roots, and what PB was all about, it reached the point that once a PB executive director found out that he/she was to debate me, they backed out of the event or tried to get a replacement. So much for any pretense of being an upright organization - they cannot survive when a light is put on them.

Born into a large, middle class family in England, Sanger subsequently moved to America and married Armand Hammer - and into enormous wealth. She used her wealth and social contacts to spread support among other elitist of her warped views. Sanger felt that "minorities" consisted of all people of color and Whites from Ireland and certion sections of Germany and Spain - who she said had less brain functionality.

Among her most startling quotes is, "Minorities are like human weeds. They should be pulled up and destroyed." Sanger wrote a book and published a magazine that openly discussed her twisted views. One such idea was her plan to sterilize all minorities and send them to "farm camps" in the midwest where they could live out their lives, and leave more spoils for for the wealthy.

She even went as far as to tell parents with children that the "best thing they could do for their children is to kill the youngest". Of course her speeches and writings were favorably received by Hitler. He once sent two Nazi doctors here to accompany her on a speaking tour.

Her personal life was one of total debauchery. Hammer even looked the other way as she made it a career to bed a litany of men. She openly advocated abortion and artificial birth control - both banned by Jewish and Christian tradition up to then. Realizing that it would be more practical to first promote arificial birth control, then ease into abortion advocacy, she encouraged her followers to "first work with the Black ministers, who may be more open to money" to start her campaign to push for artifical birth control.

Her strategy worked as, one by one, reacting to social pressure various Christian denominations succumbed to accept her views about artificial birth control and abortion.

Make no mistake, abortion is the deliberate killing of a child in the womb. Abortion apologists do not want a pregnant mom to see her sonogram, and they use a term such as "fetus" to dehumanize the baby who is merely maturing in the womb. They fail to mention that the medical term comes from the greek and means "the living one".

Character limits - Bye!

March 08 2011 at 9:41 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
mustangdad2000

The GOP budget cuts do not want to do away with birth control or end abortion. They want to eliminate the huge amount of taxpayer money that is wasted - such as funding 1/3 of the budget for the largest abortion profiteer in the country. Planned Barrenhood, in addition to supporting aborticide up to the time of delivery, scams the taxpayer in other ways. (They do not commit late term aborticide, they refer a pregnant mom in her 7-9th month to other abortuaries that do the more grisly partial birth procedure.)

I once helped recover personal patient records that one particular PB abortuary callously, and illegally, dumped into a huge dumpster. Our examination of these confidential records, over 100,000 of them, gave tremendous insight into taxpayer abuse routinely committed by PB.

For example, and I am not at home and hence don't have access to the book that was published about this - written by Robert Ruff - so my figures are guesstimates, but close. If a cash paying PB visitor bought a particular birth "control" pill, she was charged $39. If the visitor was "poor", PB billed the feds under Title X funding, for $97. for the same pills.

Further, some birth "control" pills are actually arbortifacients that cause a chemical abortion.

PB pushes an image of a woman's help group, and pretends they are needed as women have no other place to go - which is nonsense. There are "free" clinics in every city, doctor's offices, drug stores, and other abortuaries. PB is strictly a money making entity that consistently cons the public.

Because of the racist views of their founder they generally operate their killing facilities in poorer neighborhoods, or near colleges to entice unknowledgable school girls.

Use of taxpayer money must be stopped.

March 08 2011 at 9:37 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Ian Olson

3% of Planned Parenthood­'s money goes to abortions. more that 30 % goes to cancer prevention­.

First they cut funding to children living in low-income households and now they want to defund the program that prevents more low-income couples from having children. Balancing the budget, or an attempt at creating a large class of uneducated workers?

March 08 2011 at 1:20 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Dallas

Killing is not the answer.

February 23 2011 at 8:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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pttypinkley

Dallas, apparently you do not have a clue what Planned Parenthood truly does. It's not ALL about abortion! They educate, they care for and make healthcare affordable. They provide birth control, to help stop abortions. If not for them, things would be much worse, this part you do not understand. You just don't get the fact that they help people. People are going to have abortions no matter, so, if we can help, educate and keep them from possibly doing it, that would make sense right? That is what Planned Parenthood does Dallas. No killing is NOT the answer. You are right about that. Please educate yourself better.

February 23 2011 at 9:00 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
potter626

I find it sad that others feel the need to dictate lives. No one is perfect. No one wants to fund abortion because it's considered killing but want to fund two wars in the Middle East. No One wants to fund free birth control but an increase in unplanned pregnancies will just increase the taxation for welfare. Religion is mixing in politics, which I thought we believed in the separation of Church from State. The GOP wants to redefine what Rape is. It seems like not only a giant attack on Women's rights but also on rights in general. Sex Education prevents abortion.

February 24 2011 at 12:12 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Dallas

A child is born with a social security number. He or she is a future taxpayer. Using Tax Dollars to eliminate future Taxpayers is just wrong and as Spock would say is not logical as long as Taxes are our means of securing our freedoms and our future.

February 23 2011 at 8:51 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

I am not responsible for the irresponsibility of people who wish to have unprotected sex and then want someone else to pay to get rid of the child. Keep abortion legal but if they need funds to support their irresponsible acts tell them to go to their own families, uncles, aunts, cousins, siblings to provide the funds for the death of this embryo. There are the elderly and those invalids, military injured I want my money to go to; stupid people who can't take care of themselves are not my problem.

February 22 2011 at 9:37 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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namingway2

Ahem... getting contraceptives and deliberately deciding when to have a family IS responsible sex. So why are you advocating making responsible sex harder.

February 23 2011 at 11:36 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
Hen

Whereas I feel that we as a culture are too quick to blame women and should apply extra scrutiny to any action we take that impacts primarily women. I want my money to go to Planned Parenthood. I do not want it to go to the military until they allow qualifed women in combat, fully repeal DADT and remove the dishonorable from any individual discharged for being homosexual, more fully prevent and punish sexual assault, and include comprehensive mental health care and screenings. I suppose to mock your argument I should quibble that I only want people who are injured in accidents not caused by their own stupidity to get my assistance: nobody who drives badly, for example, or eats too much red meat, but that's not how I feel. We are all human, and quibbling over who gets to decide who deserves what is largely a waste of energy. As long as government funds to go help people, I say they go to helping the people who need help and preventing others from needing help. The lowest abortion rate in the world is in the Netherlands, where they have state-funded birth control and easily accessible abortion. Let's make that our role model and move forward with compassion, generosity, and above all, pragmatism.

February 24 2011 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mustangdad2000

So you have no compassion for the baby merely maturing in the mom's womb? Guess you have never seen the frantic moves of a baby to escape the abortionist's curette or suction tube. I have seen the videos. I have also recovered, for a Chritian burial, mutilated and torn bodies of dead babies from dumpsters behind abortuaries. I have starred into their painful distorted faces evidencing the pain they went through for "convenience". Perhaps you have not.

March 08 2011 at 10:00 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down
eve

Those who feel that tax payers should not be funding Planned Parenthood clinics must have flunked math in school. It is cheaper for taxpayers to help pay for birth control than for unwanted pregnancies and to raise these kids who will most likely be recieving assistance in one form or another. It is cheaper to provide cancer screening tests to poor women than to prohibit access to these services, so that by the time these women find out they have cancer, it is too late to treat with less expensive treatments and a fortune is paid out in chemo, radiation treatments, etc. As the old saying goes "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!"

February 22 2011 at 7:41 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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mustangdad2000

Free cancer screening is available at clinics in every city. Your argument does not fly. The welfare state can only be eliminated by changing the way we look at democrat vote getting programs, and clean up our so-called education system.

March 08 2011 at 10:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
trb2244

The article begs the central question: why should taxpayers be funding a private "corrupteration"? Argument over what PP does or does not do is irrelevant. The question is, "Should PP be doing whatever for thirty-some years with taxpayers' money?" My answer would be in the negative. Otherwise, shouldn't the Catholic Church be getting such funding for their services in this regard?

February 22 2011 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
loki11467

The problem I have with the GOP is they refuse to fund programs to help children. We have 1 million children sleeping on the street every night. Until we are willing to pay money to ensure every child is fed, housed and schooled it comes across to me as the GOP being evil and playing God. They feel they can condemn poor babies to lives of misery. It is gross and it is sick. And it is why the GOP is not the party of God but the party of the Devil.

February 22 2011 at 8:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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dc walker

.......which cities have children sleeping on the street; tell us so we can go help them.

February 22 2011 at 9:40 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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tideh

Any major city around, you see them all the time if you OPEN your eyes.

March 08 2011 at 1:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
bissusan

I personally wish we could return to a time when people believed that they should wait for marriage to have sex ( and in practice, waited at least a little longer than now, and took sex more seriously). But we all know that is not how things are today. If we can ever effect that social change, it will take time. In the meantime, we have to face reality. The best way to prevent abortion is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The way to prevent unwanted pregnancies must include making contraception available and cheap to those who want it. Furthermore, we all benefit as a society by testing for, and treating, STDs and other reproductive health problems, so that our population is healthy and fit to function economically. Planned Parenthood is the health care provider that even poor women can turn to in confidence. To defund Planned Parenthood is not only a war against women, it is a war against the poor.

What we are seeing today is a group of conservatives making a religiously-based argument that everyone must follow these conservative ideas. Some of them even define contraception as abortion. The United States is a pluralistic democracy, not a theocracy. Each of should remain free to practice the ethical/religious beliefs that we ourselves hold. None of us should try to impose our ethical/religious beliefs on our neighbors and fellow citizens.

February 21 2011 at 12:14 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply

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