Republicans, pro-lifers and far right extremists are taking aim at Planned Parenthood and the millions of women (and many men) under its care. Reports Time Magazine, House Republicans are moving forward in their efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, a goal they have been pursuing throughout President Obama’s presidency. These efforts appear tied to the discredited notion that public funds are funding abortion procedures at Planned Parenthood clinics. (They do not).
With the election of Donald Trump, the gains by republicans in Congress, and Trump’s imminent nomination of at least one Supreme Court candidate, republicans are feeling optimistic about their chances to gut Planned Parenthood and undermine a woman’s right to reproductive autonomy. Says Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of Susan B. Anthony’s List (an anti-abortion group): “There’s never been a time, ever, when the muscle of the pro-life movement has been so strong.”
Of course, defunding Planned Parenthood would have devastating effects on millions of women. As stated by Time, “[d]efunding Planned Parenthood … would have a significant impact on the group’s ability to provide health care services, particularly for low-income women and men. Planned Parenthood affiliates received $553 million in government funding in 2014, which accounted for more than 40% of their total $1.3 billion revenue. The money comes … largely as reimbursements for services provided to patients on public programs like Medicaid—services from cervical cancer screenings to STI testing, but not abortions, for which federal funds are prohibited.”
For those who believe in the mission of Planned Parenthood, these are important times. Speak your mind, do not be silent.