The Latest Republican Attack On The Poor: Ending Family Planning Services

paul-ryan-john-boehner family planningOne of the ways the Republican Party gets votes from religious conservatives is to claim that they are “pro-life” and oppose abortion. Over and over again, GOP candidates pass bills designed to make getting an abortion nearly impossible and make hyperbolic statements like saying they wish they could set themselves on fire over the issue. Yet, whenever it comes to programs that would actually reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and subsequent abortions, Republicans can’t vote fast enough to slash them, as we saw recently in Colorado.


Now Republicans in the House are preparing to go after family planning services at the national level by voting to end funding for Title X Family Planning, a program that has been around for decades and has provided reproductive health services to millions of Americans. This is just the latest attempt by the GOP to prove how “pro-life” they are, which will end up causing more abortions and making it harder for women to get access to affordable family planning.

“The network of publicly funded family planning providers that has long been underfunded has already been eroded,” Clare Coleman, the president of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), said in a statement in response to House Republicans’ latest budget proposal. “Fewer resources would set off a cascade of effects that would push the family planning safety net beyond its breaking point — prompt health center closures, force layoffs among clinicians and administrators, and severely cripple service delivery capacity, all of which translate to fewer women and men who would be able to access the critical health care they need.”

Advocates like Coleman say that it doesn’t make any sense to slash funding for Title X because the program has been proven to save money in the long term. Every public dollar spent on family planning results in a net savings of about $7.09, according to research from the Guttmacher Institute, because of the dramatic reduction in government services that would have otherwise been devoted to unintended pregnancies and births. (Source)

It used to be that Americans on both sides of the aisle agreed that family planning services were a necessity. When Title X was passed in 1970, only 32 members of the House voted against it – that gives you an idea of how our country broadly supported this idea. Since then, as the Republican Party has wholeheartedly embraced the fringe elements like the Quiverfull movement that includes the now-infamous Duggar family, opposition to a commonsense program has become a campaign issue for GOP politicians.


Even though the Hyde Amendment has prohibited the use of public funds to pay for most abortions since 1976, anti-choice activists have continued to put access to family planning services and abortion into the same basket, arguing that somehow one leads to the other. There’s also the belief that contraceptives allow women to be “slutty” and that STDs are a punishment by God for what they consider to be immoral behavior. It’s a sick mindset, but it is part of what drives a fundamentalist political crusade that considers sex to be worse than drug addiction, and that a woman’s primary role is to produce as many Christian babies as possible.

Right now, President Obama’s veto pen is the only thing standing between GOP lawmakers and their all out assault on women’s reproductive rights. However, if Republicans keep control of Congress and they take the White House in 2016, you can expect a return to the days before Roe v. Wade and contraception. It’s what the Duggar division of the party wants, after all.



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  • R. Eilers

    Just further proof the racist republican party only caters to the rich and yet some poor people still vote for them…smh

    • Flat Banana

      Lol yeah the rich, have you seen the amount of money the Clintons make and try to play the I am just like you card.

      • R. Eilers

        Did Hillary or Bill vote against funding family planning services? The right to an abortion? Ending or cutting social security or medicare? No, the republicants that support the rich do

      • Flat Banana
      • R. Eilers

        Lol, she was against it for 10 years but never voted against it. Try again. But she did vote for the lily Ledbetter act, the housing bill with credit extensions, the medicare expansion bill and the unemployment benefit extensions bill

      • Flat Banana

        did you even read the article?

      • R. Eilers

        Yes, the article proved she is for equal rights

      • Flat Banana

        After the changed public opinion of it.

      • noah vail

        at least she’s not locked into an ideology (the tea party) that discourages and abhors any mind change or independent thinking of any sort…you know, sort of like ISIS

      • FD Brian

        Yes the Clintons are rich, but spend a great deal on charities that help the poor. Not all rich people are the same.

      • PRIME79

        You do know that there are different types of people right? Not all poor people are the same, not all rich people are the same.

  • Hildabeast

    Use a condom so tax payers don’t have to foot the bill for your irresponsible behavior.

    • Brian

      Foot the bill for welfare and orphanages or foot the bill for abortions. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. I’d like to quit footing the bill for tax cuts for the top 1% of wealthy.

    • D Lemon

      If only your mom had…

    • PRIME79

      Irresponsible behavior? Lol! Okay dad.

  • R. Eilers

    The Clinton Foundation has raised over 2 billion dollars for their charity work. The entire Walton family who alone own more than 40% of all Americans wealth combined can’t even come up with half that

    • jeannemartin

      The fact that the Clinton Foundation is a corrupt organization which keeps the Clintons in the style to which they have become accustom,
      evidently does not enter your feeble mind!
      Your blinders keep you from seeing the fraudulence in the Democratic Party and the lying in which both Hillary and Bill exude!
      Do you remember that Bill was impeached because he lied and Hillary and Cheasea ran from bullets! Lol!
      What happened to her emails?
      Why is she so sneaky?!?
      Scandals surround both of them!! The democratic president, Obama, lies like a rug yet these are the the people you really want us to vote for?
      I will vote for an honest
      Republican who will get us out of the mess the last president got us into!
      I guess I’m one of the “poor people” who still vote Republican and am proud of it.
      The Democrats are destroying our country!!!

      • R. Eilers

        LOL, a poor person voting republicant. Doesn’t that show just how dumb some people are? But thanks for the blowjob last night Jeanne. Youre quite the swallower

      • noah vail

        when you find that “honest republican” will you please let the rest of us know who it might be? That elusive creature seems to have fallen off the radar of the rest of the world. Even African nations are now making fun of us..

  • noah vail

    their, the t(raitor) party) idea of the general welfare is to make sure the rich get richer and the poor get screwed and MORE MONEY gets put into the campaign chests by their rich friends