Anti-Choice Logic: Obama Protected Planned Parenthood To Defund Community Clinics


Remember how the Republicans tried to shut down the government over eliminateing Title X funds to try and defund Planned Parenthood? Well, apparently the Daily Caller thinks you don’t, and now, playing a little revisionist history, they are blaming the Obama administration for trying to cut access to health services.

“Coating its ideology in flowery language about women’s health and alleged Republican mean-spiritedness, liberal Democrats refused to cut one dime out of Planned Parenthood’s plump federal purse during the budget debate,” said the president of [American Principles Project] Frank Cannon. “All the while a sharp knife was being taken to community health centers that actually perform full-scale exams for the needy. These health centers offer prenatal care to women and their babies – 480,000 times in 2009 alone. Planned Parenthood? Their 850 clinics average less than one prenatal visit a month, in other words, it’s not their line of work.”

Following passage of the stimulus in 2009, at Unity’s Upper Cardozo Health Center in Washington, D.C., First Lady Michelle Obama praised the allocation of $851 million in grants to Community Health Centers across the country and explained their indispensability to the less fortunate.

“Community Health Centers provide care to the Americans who need it most and their work has never been more important,” said Obama. “These grants will help Unity’s Upper Cardozo and thousands of centers across the country expand and serve more Americans who simply can’t afford insurance coverage anymore.“

There’s a few problems with this argument.  First of all, the proposed clinic cuts were from the Republican budget being pushed, not Obama.  Secondly, these clinics receive a large amount of their funding from Medicaid and Medicare, both of which Republicans are trying to dismantle.

But the biggest problem?  Unity’s Upper Cardozo, that clinic that is going to lose funds because Obama wanted to “protect Planned Parenthood” by pushing to keep Title X funding?  Well, guess where a lot of the rest its money comes from?

Title X.

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