Last week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of blocking federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year. This was a part of bill H.R.3134 . Since then, we see that the Congressional Budget Office has given some vital information into the aftermath of such a Bill. With the defunding of Planned Parenthood for one year, we would in fact be leaving 650,000 women in the dark about reproductive education, birth control, and other vital women’s health care clinics.
The $235 million in federal savings that would result in the shutdown of Planned Parenthood would therefor be re-allocated elsewhere, and the Washington Post states that those funds will be used to,”increase defense spending by approximately $13 billion”. In the wake of a possible government shutdown, the Republicans have proposed this stop-gab bill in order to prevent the shutdown. But, there is doubt, and I agree with this, that the Democrats will pass such a bill that both propagates the decrease of women’s healthcare, as well as increases government spending on defense.
I think that it is definitely necessary to stop a government shutdown, but reverting back to the 1800’s when women’s bodies were in fact controlled by men, especially their reproductive rights, is not the best way for a modern and informed government to go about this. Although there is controversy with abortion and Planned Parenthood, I think that with a clear separation of church and state in our country, we should definitely not be shutting down this vital resource for a plethora of women’s healthcare issues, not just solely abortion. And as the LA Times article so poignantly points out, “permanent defunding, the CBO says, would increase federal spending by $130 million over 10 years. Most of the increase would be the result of thousands of unwanted births needing to be covered by Medicaid, as well as coverage of the childrens’ healthcare”. The real cost of defunding Planned Parenthood will be the loss of vital health care resources to women in our society today, as well as future health care costs of children’s medical care
As educated citizens, we can not stand by as Republican males once again take away women’s access to making informed decisions about their bodies. Whether a women is going in for an abortion, or information on how to prevent an abortion, i.e. birth control, I believe she has the right to access places like Planned Parenthood.