Government is all about redundancy and one perfect example of grotesque redundancy is the birth control, planned parenthood debate, now at center stage in the mainstream media. As Republicans threaten to shut down government over the funding of Planned Parenthood, Democrats fail to see how Americans are paying for “birth control, for those who cannot “afford” to buy their own, twice.
Here, on NPR St. Louis Public Radio, Claire McCaskill decries Republicans for, as Democrats like to argue, taking away women’s ability to get free, or affordable birth control because their argument is, and has always been, Planned Parenthood offers valuable health care services to women, and is not an abortion mill.
But Democrats who say they’re concerned about the videos, too, are perplexed at the Republican strategy. They point out Planned Parenthood is already banned from using federal money for abortions, except in rare cases. And Claire McCaskill of Missouri says defunding a group that provides contraceptives will only increase abortions.
“If I want to reduce abortions, which we all ought to agree on, the dumbest thing we can do is to cut off access to birth control. And that’s exactly what the Republicans are trying to do,” said McCaskill.
Here’s why she’s wrong, and here’s the argument Republicans are missing in the debate. Government is funding birth control twice. Remember this woman?
Politifact: Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. For a lot of students who, like me, are on public interest scholarships, that’s practically an entire summer’s salary. Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they’ve struggled financially as a result of this policy.
Sandra Fluke was the voice of Obamacare and its provisions to give women free health care in the form of free birth control. Well, now we have government funded birth control, thanks to a weak Republican back bone to stand up against its initial passing or those who have failed to repeal and replace, as promised in subsequent elections.
And you’ll hear lots of rhetoric to defund Planned Parenthood because of the grotesque and recent egregious selling of harvested organs from aborted babies. Good. Defund. But let’s not forget the argument Republicans should have been, before the Planned Parenthood scandal, against reducing waste, shrinking bureaucracy, getting government out of out of places it has no business. It’s a no brainer to be disgusted at their abortion practices. The hard work and leadership comes, and will remain, with setting the system right. There would be no scandal if Republicans did their job in the first place.
When Democrats cry that there is no affordable birth control for women, remind them that they still have Obamacare. Or perhaps Republicans don’t want to bring attention to that little detail.
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