Tag Archives: Planned Parenthood

Hands off the Girl Scouts: a jump the shark moment?

It seems the Girl Scouts – in a Tweet – mentioned women of achievement (and linked to a story about Wendy Davis!). Which – as night follows day – means they are in league with Planned Parenthood. Here is ABC valiantly trying to follow the story but don’t bother (you could probably write it yourself – blindfolded).



Komen backs down

The Komen Foundation just ‘clarified’ it position and will restore its relationship with Planned Parenthood. I think that, more than anything else, it was women all over the Country saying they would no longer participate in Komen’s signature event, The Race for the Cure.

That didn’t take long.

Not The Onion

The damn thing is here.

Wisconsin to defund Planned Parenthood


According to the NY Daily News, Wisconsin is set to become the fourth state to defund Planned Parenthood, joining Indiana, Kansas and North Carolina.

Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign off on a budget that will eliminate federal and state funding to nine of the state’s 25 Planned Parenthood centers by the end of the month.

The state’s new budget includes a $1 million cut to Planned Parenthood. All the Republicans and one independent voted in favor of the plan while all the Democrats opposed it.

Republican state Sen. Glenn Grothman argued that the new budget doesn’t cut enough funding from Planned Parenthood: “There’s a very ugly side to this organization, and I regret that they’re going to take such a tiny cut in this budget”.

The nine clinics that will be affected by the budget cuts provide low-cost health care to approximately 12,000 uninsured women.

Teri Huyck, president of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, said she is disappointed that political ideology will take precedence over health care.

“It is greatly disturbing to me that some politicians’ personal beliefs are trumping our shared responsibility to make sure women and men have access to preventive reproductive health care, which is not only essential for their own lives, but also a cost-saver for all Wisconsin taxpayers,” said Huyck.

Why can’t Democrats manage to say it this clearly?

via Bartcop

Teh sex!!!

In a comment thread below about Planned Parenthood, ojmo links to these smart-and-more-adult-than-our-congress-critters college students from Oberlin. Gotta love these kids.

From Politico – meet Title X

Primer on Title X: the fund behind the Planned Parenthood rider

With hours remaining before a government shutdown, Title X has become the most-talked about title in D.C. since “Game Change,” but what exactly is it?

House Republicans say there’s no long-term budget deal without defunding it; Senate Democrats, like Dianne Feinstein of California, say the GOP is using the policy point as a way to “really sock it to women.” Many have referred to repealing the measure as defunding “Planned Parenthood” — but that’s not quite the entire picture.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the umbrella of organizations funded by Title X extends far beyond Planned Parenthood. In 2008, 88 grantees provided family planning services to 5 million women and men through 4,500 clinics, and other health centers and nonprofits.

According to a fact sheet from the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks reproductive health issues, of the 36 million women who needed contraception in 2008, 17.4 million used publicly funded services.

Additionally, Title X only provided for 12 percent of public funds made available for such care. Medicaid, by contrast, accounted for 71 percent.

Title X was approved in 1970, championed on the Hill by former President and then-Congressman George H.W. Bush and signed into law by Richard Nixon.

“We need to make population and family planning household words.” Bush said in 1969 when the legislation was being debated. “We need to take sensationalism out of this topic so that it can no longer be used by militants who have no real knowledge of the voluntary nature of the program but, rather are using it as a political steppingstone. If family planning is anything, it is a public health matter.”

Barefoot, pregnant, in the kitchen dontchaknow . . .

Watch your back

From an email I just received – twice – from women friends. A brief and sadly incomplete list of the little things Republicans try to do to women and their filthy offspring. (I used to think it was only the Catholic Church that officially hated women, but I may have to admit the GOP to those ranks.)

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. 

5) In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8.) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program.