Though they will deny it until the end of time, the GOP is engaged in a war against women’s reproductive freedom. From ridiculous comments suggesting that a child created from rape is God’s gift, to the elimination and or restriction of clinics which offer abortions, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for a woman’s bodily autonomy to be respected.
Planned Parenthood and the Texas government have been in and out of court for months over government funding. Last Thursday, Planned Parenthood lost its attempt in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to stop the planned defunding of its services and that of their affiliates because of abortion. According to CNN, “The Texas Women's Health Program provides about 130,000 low-income women with family planning exams, related health screenings and contraception.” On Saturday, Judge Amy Clark Meachum, issued a temporary restraining order, which inspired Governor Rick Perry to use twitter to state his objections.
Lost in the argument about choice is the fact that Planned Parenthood does a lot more than provide safe low cost abortions. Planned Parenthood is a women’s health clinic where women receive free or low cost services for things like: pap & HPV Tests, breast cancer screenings, treatment for urinary tract infections, infertility, yeast infections & vaginitis, high blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening , the morning after pill, diabetes screening and anemia testing to name a few. These are clearly essential services because 48.6 million people are currently without health care in the U.S. Preventive testing and healthcare saves lives. Thanks to universal healthcare, a Canadian born today can expect to live 81.38 years, in comparison to an American who has a life expectancy of 78.37 years. That’s a difference of 3.7 percent. The infant mortality rate is also lower in Canada, with 4.92 deaths per thousand to America’s 6.06 deaths per thousand. Healthcare from the moment of conception, leads to longevity and greater quality of life. That is what is at stake with the defunding of Planned Parenthood.