It’s not exactly a secret that most Republicans oppose the Constitutional right for women to have control over their own bodies, including choosing for themselves whether or not to have an abortion. Even though this issue was settled over 40 years ago, Republicans continue to do anything and everything they possibly can to deny women their Constitutional rights.
Well, since some highly edited videos were released by a fanatical right-wing anti-abortion group trying to insinuate that Planned Parenthood is in the “for-profit business” of selling fetuses, Republicans have seized on these extremely misleading videos to try to make a huge push to defund the non-profit organization.
Naturally, many of the seventeen GOP presidential candidates have made defunding Planned Parenthood a big part of their campaign. You know, because in the grand scheme of things that are going on in this country, putting this much focus on propaganda released by an anti-abortion group is exactly what Americans need to be focusing on.
Jeb Bush happens to be one of those candidates, though things haven’t exactly been going well for the younger brother of George W. Bush. In fact, Jeb’s campaign is in an absolute free-fall right now. So, he’s doing what most candidates do when they’re sinking quicker than the Titanic – he’s getting desperate.
Case in point, comments he made recently where he actually said that Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide services for women’s health:
“When I was governor, we expanded those programs through community-based organizations, and that’s something I think the federal government needs to continue to do. I, for one, don’t think Planned Parenthood ought to get a penny, though. And that’s the difference because they’re not actually doing women’s health issues. They’re involved in something way different than that.”
It should go without saying, that statement is 100 percent untrue.
According to Politifact’s investigation, in 2013 Planned Parenthood performed 10,590,433 different services to people, or roughly 29,418 per day. The service list includes:
- STD testing
- Cancer screening/prevention
- Breasts exams
- Pregnancy tests
- Adoption referrals
- UTI treatments
- Abortion services
As well as a host of other services. Now, out of all the services Planned Parenthood provided in 2013 a grand total of three percent were abortions. Or another way to put it, 97 percent of what Planned Parenthood did in 2013 (and probably most years) had nothing to do with abortions.
Yet if you listen to Republicans yammer on about the organization, you’d think the only thing they did was perform abortions.
I liked Politifact’s summary of Bush’s ridiculous claim:
It’s hard to reconcile Bush’s statement with the fact that — setting abortion procedures aside — Planned Parenthood offered more than 10 million services in 2013. Those services included contraception, breast exams, pregnancy tests, pap tests and STI testing and treatment. Bush is opposed to abortion, but it doesn’t make sense to say that Planned Parenthood isn’t addressing women’s health issues.
They’re right – it doesn’t make sense. But then again, it’s not supposed to. Bush is a desperate man whose campaign is quickly floundering into obscurity. So his only real chance to gain any sort of momentum back is to say absolutely ridiculous comments such as this because he knows it doesn’t matter if what he’s saying is actually true or not – just as long as it’s what the typical sheepish conservative voter wants to hear.
And the last thing most conservative voters want to hear is that Planned Parenthood is an organization which provides much needed health services to millions of women every year, and only three percent of the services they offer involve abortions.
As Jeb Bush’s campaign continues to sink, expect his rhetoric to only get worse and more ridiculous. Because as we’ve seen with Donald Trump’s popularity, conservative voters don’t want to hear the truth – they just want to support the most entertaining clown at the circus.