Monday, May 2, 2011

Oklahoma GOP's Attack Against Planned Parenthood Illustrates Reason Not To Like The Ryan Budget

Here is an excerpt from a Laura Bassett article from The Huffington Post:
In order to stop Planned Parenthood from being able to distribute them, lawmakers in Oklahoma are mulling legislation that would make nutrition vouchers inaccessible to thousands of low-income mothers.

The federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides federal grants to states for food vouchers, regular check-ups and nutrition education for low-income pregnant women and mothers of young children. The state distributes the funds through nine independent contractors, including Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, which is based in Tulsa, Okla.

But state Rep. Jason Murphey (R), disturbed by Planned Parenthood’s abortion referral services, moved to amend the nutrition bill so that no independent contractors could administer the program.

"We need to ensure that we're not keeping clinics open on taxpayer dollars when one of their main emphases is abortion referrals," he told HuffPost.

By cutting WIC funding to Planned Parenthood, which administers the program for some 9,300 low-income women and children a year, and eight other independent contractors in Tulsa, the amendment would hinder many local women’s ability to afford nutritional food for their toddlers.
Now imagine if Paul Ryan's budget became law, and Medicare becomes a voucher program.  Look how Republicans are willing to manipulate something like a Women, Infants and Children program because they perceive it to be aiding abortion - something they are morally opposed.  Imagine what kind of future restrictions they will place on Medicare vouchers because of their politics...

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