The Republicans’ War on Women Still Rages

By Fibonacci Blue (Flickr: Planned Parenthood in St. Paul) CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Let’s keep things all the way 100. What went down on the hill today (Jan. 5) was a straight up attack on women’s health and reproductive rights.

House Speaker Paul Ryan stated that Republicans will completely defund Planned Parenthood as a part of their plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (AKA “Obamacare”), leaving a gang of women — about 400,000 — without access to any health care.

But what about that #boss move that POTUS made last month? Wasn’t that supposed to protect Planned Parenthood for good?

True, Obama’s rule change of Title X — the only federal grant program specifically for family planning and preventative health care, which funds clinics that serve low-income and uninsured people — makes it clear that states cannot withhold Title X family planning money from Planned Parenthood just because some locations offer abortions, which make up just three percent of all Planned Parenthood services. (Those funds don’t even go toward abortions in the first place.) Unfortunately, there are a few ways around that new ruling, and since Republicans apparently care more about gutting progress that President Obama made than actually protecting the health of American women, they’re all about that shady life.

In fact, overriding that ruling may be easier than you thought. According to The Cut, conservatives could simply create a new rule-making process, have the president pass a joint resolution of disapproval by the House and Senate, or defund the nonprofit through a budget-reconciliation process — the option they seem to be going with.

Planned Parenthood, which has been around for a little more than 100 years, makes must-have preventative services, such as birth control, Pap tests, breast exams, HIV tests, and STD tests and treatments affordable and accessible to teens and adults from all walks of life. And they’re not giving up that easily.

 

And neither should we.

 

And on that note, ladies: Let us get in formation.

Donate to Planned Parenthood here. Take action to protect Planned Parenthoood here.

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