Title X defund to Planned Parenthood was to divert funding to local health departments. Proponents stated that the contraceptive needs of low-income women could be satisfactorily met through these providers. For the women of Miami County, Kansas, that theory is already proving false. The women of Miami County have been denied access to their contraception.
A critique of reproductive politics written in the 1970s about events in the ‘20s and ‘30s is remarkably relevant to today’s leading reproductive controversy: the Obama Administration’s overruling of the FDA decision to allow over-the-counter status of Plan B emergency contraception for young women under the age of seventeen.
In the name of fiscal responsibility, House Republicans suggest cutting teen pregnancy programs, the CDC budget, and Title X family planning. But, interestingly, they’re bringing back funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.
Just a day or two after launching a politically-motivated “investigation” of Planned Parenthood, House leadership released a draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill that would effectively eliminate federally-funded family planning programs.
You know the jobs and the deficit and the country’s economic crisis? Florida Republican Congressman Cliff Stearns apparently does not. Instead he’s spending taxpayer funding on a duplicative effort to “audit” Planned Parenthood.
The Associated Press reports that a federal judge ordered Kansas “to immediately resume funding a Planned Parenthood chapter on the same quarterly schedule that existed before a new state law stripped it of all federal funding for non-abortion services.”
Although a judge ordered the state to give the group back its Title X funds, the money is still being tied up.
In an important victory for women in Indiana and elsewhere, a federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of an Indiana law barring Planned Parenthood Indiana from participating in the state’s Medicaid program.
Whether we’re talking about health care, budgets or the economy, cutting publicly-funded family planning programs makes no sense.
Indiana women: Your bodies are now officially political pawns. And Governor Daniels is calling check mate.