One word: vile.
A new bill being pushed by 37 Minnesota Republicans would strangle funding for preventative women’s healthcare – stuff like breast exams, pap smears, and the pill.
Their real goal, of course, is to damage Planned Parenthood. And if that means making basic healthcare a whole lot worse, so be it.
Currently, Planned Parenthood is the only clinic to receive direct federal family planning funding, known as Title X. The clinic uses the money to serve low-income and uninsured people at 15 of its Minnesota clinics. It also sends money out to 22 rural family-planning clinics across the state.
Eleven states have now cut Planned Parenthood funding, and more are working on it. PP has other sources of funding, so their clinics are not being shut down in general by this, but it is bad. It’s among the most prominent examples of how people are being hurt by extreme, and increasingly desperate, right-wing governance. With the electorate moving leftward, wingnuts see no choice other than to double (at least) down on the extremism and hope for a miracle. They lack both the courage and the integrity to admit that they’re wrong and “the liberals” are right.
Would that we could figure out how to get angry (with good reason) young women to show up at the polls in force, every time.
Comment below fold.
From Dog Gone: Republicans hate sex, and want to stamp it out. That explains their position on not only Planned Parenthood regarding abortion, but also their anti-contraception position.
If that means to stop people having sex, you have to let them get sick in their ‘lady parts’ and die, fine with Republicans, so long as that sick-suffer-and-die and/or go bankrupt with medical bills stuff only happens to women. In the apparent thinking of the right, human beings are men, male is the default basic setting or version, and women are an aberration. That is what is suggested by the continued funding of boner pills and prostate care, etc. for men remaining in place would show.
Of course, very few Republicans appear to know that men are also provided services at planned parenthood.
It is what was clearly the intent of Republican mega-donor Foster Friess believed when he suggested an aspirin between women’s knees was all the contraception you required — just DON’T HAVE SEX. Sex and gender scare the right, even as it makes raging hypocrites of them.
I would go so far as to argue that at least a part of the antagonism on the right for Hispanics (legal or otherwise) is that they have a higher birthrate than other ethnic groups — certainly higher than the white Right. That must mean they are having S-E-X!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A desire to eradicate sex, and a hate and fear attitude for sex also goes a long way towards explaining the right wing antipathy towards any gender issue, particularly trans in bathrooms, gay marriage, any LGBT protections including from bullying, and a part of the right’s resistance to hate crime law.
Guns and gun violence are fine with the right, but NO SEX or SEXUALITY.
I would argue that the right is incapable of engaging in sane risk assessment, and so long as they have this hate-on for human sex and sexuality, they won’t appropriately consider health risks any more than they do other risks. That reflects a truly f*cked set of priorities and values.
It puts the ultimate hypocrisy to claiming to be the pro-family and family values party. It is just one more way in which the right cannot govern effectively or wisely.