Targeting Women’s Healthcare is not a Bi-Partisan Compromise

Last week’s threat of a federal government shutdown had this country in a tizzy over political gamesmanship. Which benefits would be cut?  Federal funds for women’s healthcare, including abortions? Would military families endure missing paychecks and delayed life insurance payments for loved ones killed in action? A last-minute ‘compromise’ meant that one of these happened.

But who was targeted? Women.

What did the budget ‘compromise’ achieve?  A heavy-handed attack against D.C.’s women by virtually eliminating federal abortion funding for District residents, nearly 63% of whom are Black or Hispanic, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. The deal also resulted in a guaranteed Senate vote on whether or not to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

House Majority Leader Rep. John Boehner (OH – R.) is likely to receive a truckload of women’s undies on Capitol Hill for his repeated calls to cut federal abortion funding. A Facebook group campaign is asking women to mail a million panties to John Boehner. In a of tri-partisan support, men could send their tighty-whities and boxers to Boehner, while truly minor minors (i.e., future voters) can have a little help sending diapers to Boehner.

What is it about the GOP and women’s health? They sought to cut $317 million in funding for Planned Parenthood, and turn federal allocations for women’s health and family planning into block grants to states.  According to Planned Parenthood, Republican lawmakers’ attempts were far-reaching.  Not only did they try to cut abortion-related funding, but their proposed cuts would have also eliminated financial assistance for Pap smears, breast exams, and birth control.

Our lawmakers’ shutdown threat may be short-lived, however.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Rep. Boehner stated that the short-term budget cutting will last only until Thursday.

Americans and their lawmakers in Congress would do well to remember: the Statue of Liberty is a woman, and Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land.

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  • just because abortions are legal via roe vs wade, does not mean that our governments pulbic funds should be used for them!
    in fact just the opposite!
    u want an abortion, u find the way to pay for it!!!
    and planed parenthood (oops, i mean abortion) should not get any public monies at all either!!!!

    and by the way it is a STATUE of liberty, not statute, which is a regulation, rule or law, DOH!!! FAIL!!!

  • jana laster

    Is this just like Men…Women are still subservent to them. Why not cut out some of their interest.Some of the pork packaging that lock up so many of the bill and law they pass.Com on wemam of this country let not send them our clean pretty lace undergarents go all the way and send them the used sanatuary pads and give them a taste of how dirty they the men are.

  • linda morgan

    Your article is WRONG. The Federal Gov. does NOT fund abortions. We are mailing a million panties to keep Planned Parenthood open for women who need their services. Planned Parenthood does not conduct abortions services.