Elected officials are supposed to do their best to represent the will of the people. However, we elect officials based on platforms that boil down to little more than agenda — and sometimes that agenda doesn’t represent the will of the people at all. Certainly not the majority. In Ohio, this election season was a huge success for the Democratic Party, with a close Senate race swinging to them as well as, of course, Barack Obama receiving the electoral votes for the presidency. A huge issue this election was female voters, and the overwhelming majority favored Democratic candidates, presumably because of the Republican Party’s stance on women’s issues, including the agenda to defund Planned Parenthood. GOP legislators in Ohio apparently didn’t get the message, because they have already started targeting the women’s health nonprofit once again — this time attempting to defund the organization in a roundabout sort of way.
H.B. 298 is intended to defund the organization, as explained by Mother Jones:
The Ohio House Health and Aging Committee voted to approve the bill on a party-line vote. The measure will reprioritize how state and federal family planning funds are administered, bumping Planned Parenthood providers to the bottom rung of eligibility. The bill states that priority for the funds should go to state, county, or local government entities. If “all eligible public entities have been fully funded,” then some of the money can go to private groups, but those are also ranked to put Planned Parenthood providers dead last. This would replace the current competitive grant process.
I recommend reading Mother Jones‘ piece in the entirety because of the myriad of facts and strong points such as the following;
Proponents of the bill like Ohio Right to Life insist that they just want to prevent Planned Parenthood from hogging funds that could go to other health centers. But as the nonprofit Innovation Ohio pointed out in a recent blog post, only two of the 36 reproductive health and wellness grants and two of the six PREP grants awarded last year went to Planned Parenthood providers.
Kight said the latest effort fits in the broader attack on reproductive rights in the state. “The overall attitude in Ohio has been, ‘How can we make abortion more dangerous and difficult to get?’ rather than ‘Let’s reduce the number of abortions by improving access to education and health care,’” Kight said.
We should at least require honesty from these politicians about their motivation. It isn’t about “fair.” It’s about following a traditionalist and conservative system of ethics and societal norms and forcing others to, also — but let’s not forget that, traditionally, women are second-class citizens.