Jesus H. Christ with a speculum, y’all. Two more attacks in the Republican war on women’s health have really got my blood boiling. First, to Oklahoma, where Tulsa World writes:
Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, moved to amend a senior nutrition bill so that it prohibits independent contractors from distributing federal funds for a program that feeds mothers, babies and small children.
Why would Murphey do such a thing? Because Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, based in Tulsa, is among the nine independent contractors that administer the federal Women, Infants and Children feeding program. Debate over the amendment made it clear Planned Parenthood was the target, observers say. Planned Parenthood has become a favorite target of the right wing lately over the abortion issue, even though Planned Parenthood in Tulsa doesn’t perform abortions.
You know how feminists always say the antis wants to force women to have babies but won’t do a damn thing to help feed/care for them? Yeah. Except now they’re actively trying to deprive babies of food as part of the “pro-life” movement. It’s downright sadistic.
A side-eye also goes to Indiana, which is poised to cut all funding to Planned Parenthood. Their House of Representatives approved a bill yesterday to cut off the $3 million the state distributes for family health programs. Governor Mitch Daniels, who has his eye on a possible Presidential bid, is likely to sign the bill just to bolster his woman-hating cred with the ultra-right base of the GOP. A similar defunding measure is also in the works in North Carolina. Now, in Oklahoma and Indiana, and everywhere else in the US, these GOP politicians’ wives and daughters will still be able to get their birth control and pap smears, and yes, even their abortions if it comes to it. But when it comes to women who rely on Planned Parenthood for health care—and even for feeding their families—Republicans are willing to shout “abortion” any time a doctor gets near their vaginas, just to have an excuse to score some points with their radical base.