Montini: Punishing Planned Parenthood by killing women?

10 March, 2017, 00:13 | Author: Alicia Barber
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By providing health services, emergency contraceptives and birth control to Americans with limited access to affordable health care, Planned Parenthood is a critical tool in helping women from having to make that choice in the first place. Contrary to liberal media propaganda, Trump said he supports federal funding for women's health - as long as it excludes abortions.

At the White House on Tuesday afternoon, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price told Newsmax the administration - as supportive as it was getting Planned Parenthood off federal funding - would leave the details of how to do so to Congress. Planned Parenthood has been Read's primary health care clinic since she was in college.

"Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept", said Dawn Laguens, the organization's executive vice president.

Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million in public funds, and that funding is exclusively destined to services like contraception and cancer screenings, as well as screenings for sexually transmitted diseases. Vice President Mike Pence is a vocal opponent of abortion, citing his Roman Catholic beliefs, and new US health secretary Tom Price has supported "defunding" Planned Parenthood.

Of course, all of this contradicts another important goal of the plan, which is to allow our citizens to receive health care from the providers they choose.

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In one of his first acts as president, Trump banned USA funding to worldwide groups that perform abortions or even provide information about abortions.

During one of the presidential debates candidate Donald Trump said, "Millions and millions of women - cervical cancer, breast cancer - are helped by Planned Parenthood".

Trump also released a statement to the Times on Monday regarding the alleged White House proposal to Planned Parenthood. "Nonnegotiable", said one Planned Parenthood official. In short, the new bill restricts Medicaid funding to health-care providers like Planned Parenthood because they perform abortions, regardless of how the procedures are paid for. Republicans argue that federal funds going to Planned Parenthood for other services, such as cancer screenings, birth control, sexually transmitted disease screenings, and more, free up the clinic's unrestricted dollars to be used for abortions. On top of that, 1 in 5 women is said to have visited Planned Parenthood in their lifetime.

"I would defund it because of the abortion factor, because I'm pro-life".

Ignoring the fact that Trump was vocally pro-choice until running for the Republican nomination (because hey, as Americans we have the right to decide that a woman's autonomy is negotiable, right?) this statement is beyond troubling. But Trump's position has since altered dramatically, possibly in an attempt to win support from the deeply anti-abortion Republican base.


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