President Donald Trump continued his war against women today as he signed legislation that could lead to massive defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Furthermore, he did so on the same day a massive bomb was dropped on Afghanistan, which would draw attention away from his swift and silent signing doing away with the Obama administration regulation that prohibited the refusal of funds to clinics that also performed abortions.
‘Trump, who has had few opportunities to enact legislation during his first three months in office, signed the measure in private, quietly reversing an Obama administration regulation. The bill overturns a rule that prohibits states from refusing to distribute federal family-planning money to clinics simply because the facilities also perform abortions.’
The legislation almost didn’t make it to Trump’s desk, but Vice President Mike Pence came to the rescue and broke the tie in the Senate by casting his vote, and of course, pious Pence would vote for the legislation.
Although Trump at times has commended the services Planned Parenthood offers, such as mammograms, he still promised throughout his campaign and short presidency to fight clinics providing abortion services. However, Republicans alike have tried to point out that this is a case of returning the power to the states.
The administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, reported:
‘This is an important step the administration is taking. We want states to be in charge of decision-making.’
The two Republicans who sponsored the legislation were WOMEN – Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Rep. Diane Black (R-TN). Ernst said in regards to the legislation:
‘The Obama administration’s rule emboldened abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, empowered federal bureaucrats, and silenced our states in the process. Today’s action restores states’ rights over a Washington-knows-best mentality.’
It’s important to note that two Republican senators voted AGAINST the legislation. They include Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
Planned Parenthood has responded to the legislation and called it dangerous.
Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of Planned Parenthood, said:
‘People are sick and tired of politicians making it even harder for them to access health care, and this bill is just the example.’
Looking past any type of abortion services, Planned Parenthood offers so much more that is vital to the preventative care and treatment of women. Their website describes the services they offer.
‘Planned Parenthood provides more than 270,000 Pap tests and more than 360,000 breast exams in a single year, critical services in detecting cancer.
‘Planned Parenthood provides more than 4.2 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including more than 650,000 HIV tests.
‘Planned Parenthood affiliates provide education programs and outreach to 1.5 million young people and adults in a single year.’
According to FactCheck.org, a 2013 annual report revealed that abortions only accounted for three percent of the 10.6 million total services provided.
Fact is, regardless of whether a clinic offers abortion services or not, they keep women healthy and more importantly ALIVE with the multitude of other services they offer. Furthermore, the services they offer such as offering contraception and education on contraception reduces the need for abortions because they prevent pregnancy. To defund them because of a small amount of abortions that are performed in only some clinics, will endanger the lives of women nationwide.
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