Leticia Parra, a mother of five scraping by on income from her husband’s sporadic construction jobs, relied on the Planned Parenthood clinic in San Carlos, an impoverished town in South Texas, for breast cancer screenings, free birth control pills and pap smears for cervical cancer. But the clinic closed in October, along with more than a dozen others in the state, after financing for women’s health was slashed by two-thirds by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
The cuts, which left many low-income women with inconvenient or costly options, grew out of the effort to eliminate state support for Planned Parenthood. Although the cuts also forced clinics that were not affiliated with the agency to close — and none of them, even the ones run by Planned Parenthood, performed abortions — supporters of the cutbacks said they were motivated by the fight against abortion.
Which proves one of two things – or both:  anti-abortion crusaders are fanatics who don’t care who they crush in the course of their religious blitzkrieg;  anti-abortion crusaders really consider all questions of women’s health to be unimportant — matching their attitude about women in general.
Now, the same sentiment is likely to lead to a shutdown next week of another significant source of reproductive health care: the Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which serves 130,000 women with grants to many clinics, including those run by Planned Parenthood. Gov. Rick Perry and Republican lawmakers have said they would forgo the $35 million in federal money that finances the women’s health program in order to keep Planned Parenthood from getting any of it.
Although Texas already bars clinics that take such money from performing abortions, the new law is intended to prevent any state money from benefiting Planned Parenthood. “Planned Parenthoods across the country provide abortions, are affiliated with abortion providers, or refer women to abortion providers,” said Lucy Nashed, a spokeswoman for Mr. Perry…
Nationally, the newest target is Title X, the main federal family planning program. All four Republican presidential candidates support eliminating Title X, which was created in 1970 with Republican support from President Nixon and the elder George Bush, then a congressman.
Neither of whom would be acceptable to the religious crusaders and populist nutballs now in charge of the Republican Party. Perish the thought that women’s health, pre-natal care, cancer screening were considered useful services. RTFA for details sufficient to nauseate a troll.
It becomes more difficult day by day to respond politely to the questions raised by this fool’s army of fanatics – bound and determined to return life for ordinary men and women in America to the worst aspects of the 19th Century. They would as easily remove the franchise to vote as fight to the death against civil rights.
That their politics deserve only contempt goes without saying. That independent voters, individuals who consider progressive political struggle to be held to a higher standard must join the struggle come election time may be distasteful — but, it is obvious and overdue.