Abortion is a highly polarizing topic with emotions on both sides of the issue. Many were upset by the 2015 revelations of Planned Parenthood possibility profiting illegally from sales of aborted babies’ body parts to biomedical research.
This atrocity has accelerated the mission to defund Planned Parenthood, an issue President-Elect Donald Trump endorsed in his campaign. However, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has different thoughts.
“Defunding Planned Parenthood as one of their first acts in the new year would be devastating for millions of families and a huge mistake by Republicans,” Schumer said to the Daily Freedman News.
Democrats highlighted birth control and women’s health as two issues that helped them secure Senate victories in Nevada and New Hampshire earlier this year, the report continued. Legislation to defund Planned Parenthood was vetoed by President Barack Obama earlier this year, though Democrats fear this may soon change with a narrow 52-48 Republican lead in the Senate next year. This would include stripping the abortion leviathan of at least $400 million in Medicaid funding.
“They may well be able to succeed, but the women of America are going to know what that means,” said Diana DeGette, a Democratic representative from Colorado. “And we’re going to call Republicans on the carpet for that.”
DeGette’s comments were in the context of women being denied access to the various health and prenatal services Planned Parenthood promotes, though abortion is a primary service. It performs about 320,000 abortions a year, more than any other group in the U.S.
Many states have tried to defund Planned Parenthood, too, and give the money to comprehensive health care clinics instead. Earlier this year, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was blocked by federal judges in his attempts to defund Planned Parenthood on a state level, Breitbart reports.
When asked what reasons motivated such legislation, Brownback cited, “noncompliance with laws, administrative regulations or with providing medical provider information; noncompliance with provider agreements; unethical or unprofessional conduct; and ‘other good cause.’”
“These political attacks on our patients have gone from a simmer to full rolling boil,” Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards told Breitbart. “What they couldn’t do in Congress, they’re now trying to do state by state, and jeopardizing care for more than half a million people.”
The Sunflower State may be small beta test for what may happen on a national level as Planned Parenthood did not go down without a fight then, and stated it won’t now.
“We’re going to fight like hell to make sure our doors stay open,” Planned Parenthood spokesperson Erica Sackin told the Daily Freedman News.
Women using Planned Parenthood for other services should be able to find alternative providers to fulfill their health and prenatal needs without subsidizing a culture of death. Research by the Charlotte Lozier Institute indicates that women can find more comprehensive healthcare elsewhere. The research group found 20 comprehensive health care clinics for every one Planned Parenthood in the U.S. Unlike Planned Parenthood, many of these clinics provide mammograms and other important services – without also doing abortions.
Promoting a culture of life would not be a “mistake” to families, as Schumer claimed, but a benefit by building families while reducing the post-abortion trauma that many women face, trauma that spills over to other loved ones and affects the abilities of the entire family to focus on the future.