Friday, July 15, 2011

The Problem With The Planned Parenthood Fight and Why The Provider Is On The Losing Side

Laura Bassett wrote the following for The Huffington Post:
"The real purpose here, as I've come to view it, is to impose a traditional view of a women's role," Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) told HuffPost. "Republicans don’t really care what the benefits of Title X funding are in terms of women's health, so women's health is held hostage. Planned Parenthood can prevent 4,000 women a year from dying of cervical cancer with screenings and vaccines, but that is not of interest to them because of a personal and philosophical agenda."

GOP lawmakers argue that they have a problem with the taxpayer funding of abortion, although the Hyde amendment has prevented government money from being used to pay for abortions for the past 30 years...

But Planned Parenthood is fighting back against the barrage of defunding bills in federal court. So far, it's been successful. On June 24, a federal judge in Indiana temporarily blocked the implementation of a bill that prevented Planned Parenthood from receiving any Medicaid dollars for breaking federal Medicaid rules. And on Wednesday, the Health and Human Services Department issued a warning to New Hampshire: restore the $1.4 million in Title X funds to Planned Parenthood or potentially lose federal family planning money allocated for the state.
Unfortunately for Planned Parenthood, Republicans would revel in the consequences from defunding the medical provider.  Cut funding and Planned Parenthood (and women) suffer.  Don't restore funding and the would lose federal funding, essentially accomplishing their original goal.  How is that supposed to be a punishment?

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