The GOP moves forward with yet another blatant attack on women.
House Republicans in Ohio are moving to defund Planned Parenthood by Memorial Day. They have added a provision that would significantly reduce or eliminate funding by $1.7 million administered by the Department of Health.
The language added to Gov. John Kasich’s bill by abortion rights opponents restructures the way money is distributed for family planning. Planned Parenthood and other stand-alone family planning providers get the lowest priority for federal funding.
Not surprisingly, the anti-choice community applauded the move. The President of Ohio Right To Life, Mike Gonidakis, said “Ohio’s abortion industry will no longer feed at the taxpayer trough. Instead, these dedicated health care funds will be offered to those entities where a vast majority of low-income women and their children seek responsible and life-saving services.”
Women’s health care advocates see this for exactly what it is. “Clearly, the intent of this legislation is to make sure the federal funds are exhausted before Planned Parenthood has the opportunity to apply for it,” said Gary Dougherty, state legislative director for Planned Parenthood.
Republicans call Planned Parenthood “abortion mills” when in fact, only 3% of the services they offer are abortions and despite the fact the right-wing media would have you believe so, none of the federal funding goes for abortions. These ‘Right to Life’ groups are Christian based and imposing their belief system on Americans. Dougherty said that only 3 of the 37 family planning centers perform abortions.
The GOP doesn’t care about you (unless you are a wealthy, white Christian male, or are a female married to one). They don’t care if you need help or don’t have insurance. They don’t care if you or your child is sick or if you’re a single mother. To them, you’re just a whore who doesn’t deserve the benefit of decent health care. Do I sound dramatic? Considering they have introduced 916 anti-women bills since last March, I think not.
We have seven months before election day. With Romney as the candidate, the GOP know they have no chance of taking over the White House and are in a race to implement as many anti-women and let’s face it, anti-citizen bills and measures, as they can before they walk away the loser.
Sign the Petition to end the attack on Planned Parenthood in Ohio. As long as WE THE PEOPLE allow them to rape this nation, they will. Again and again and again….
Kimberley A. Johnson is an author and The Spokeswoman for Rock The Slut Vote, an organization standing up and fighting the war on women. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and “like” the Rock The Slut Vote Facebook page.