For many, abortion access will now be legal in name only. Texas has just moved to defund Planned Parenthood.
State legislatures across the country, from Indiana to New Hampshire, have introduced bills designed to restrict everything from funding to patient access. As of July 13th, 80 new restrictions have been enacted at the state level– more than three times the number of laws passed in 2010.
Leaders of the anti-choice movement know that a direct campaign against Roe v Wade would be expensive and likely meet with a lot of resistance. Crusading against state laws allows those in the movement to conceal their agenda under the strictures of states’ rights, in addition to dangling the threat of a national repeal should citizens protest the unconstitutionality of these new laws.
As with all austerity measures, defunding Planned Parenthood will only hurt poor citizens and minorities. If our representatives are so concerned with the state coffers, perhaps cutting bonuses and corporate tax loopholes– targeting the class of citizenry that got us into debt in the first place– would prove a better solution. Of course, the crusade against Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics goes beyond funding. Many citizens don’t support their tax money going towards what they genuinely believe to be the murder of unborn children. Many citizens don’t support their tax money going to unsustainable, unethical wars either, but there you go.
Defunding Planned Parenthood, an organization for which abortion constitutes no more than three percent of its health services, will effectively shut down the only affordable health care centers for many Americans. Using such essential services as a bargaining chip is downright unethical.
We’re seeing our reproductive, constitutionally protected rights eroding before our eyes. What can we do to slow– and hopefully reverse– the damage? I vote that we institute comprehensive sex education in public schools. What do you think? What can we do?