Vail Kozatch: GOP interference in women’s health care is not OK
President Donald Trump’s new strategy for health care for women is to re-appropriate tens of millions of dollars that now give preference to groups that stress abstinence and make it difficult for Planned Parenthood to do business. This turns the clock back on women’s health. This administration continues to move away from science-based policies.
New guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services are projected to be enforced on $260 million for Title X grants. It promotes natural family planning (e.g., the rhythm method) to avoid pregnancy without using contraceptives. The application stresses natural family planning methods and eliminates the Obama administration’s focus on all forms of contraception. Really?
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are taking away access to affordable birth control, which four million people rely on each year. American women do not want these two weighing in on their sex lives, but they’ve invited themselves into American bedrooms.
The likely outcome is that this funding shift will disrupt the steady progress in reducing the U.S. rate of teen pregnancies and unintended pregnancies.
Planned Parenthood continues to be the target of the GOP and Trump to cut off federal funding and weaken its services because it provides abortions, which is only 3 percent of its business.
If you’ve ever used Planned Parenthood or plan on using it in the future, your daughter uses it or your granddaughter uses it, now is the time to contact people in the Trump administration and let them know political interference in women’s health care is not okay.
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