The GOP Unleashes a Horrifying Attack on Women

From Alternet:

The Republicans’ unprecedented attack on women’s bodies must be thrown back at them.

By Sarah Seltzer

February 8, 2011

Republicans came to D.C. “and immediately started putting the government in charge of every single pregnancy in America,” said Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night.

She’s right, and it’s horrifying: the blows to women’s rights keep coming out of Washington every hour, it seems. The latest? A bill that would strip Planned Parenthood of all funding. This bill is no surprise coming on the heels of a coordinated right-wing attack on Planned Parenthood and a spate of nasty undercover videos by discredited right-wing prankster Lila Rose. But it would do a lot of damage to a lot of women, explains Nick Baumann at Mother Jones:

“[It] will cut $327 million in family planning funding that goes to organizations like Planned Parenthood but that cannot be used to pay for abortions. This money, instead, is used to fund cancer screenings, birth control, and other health care services for poor people. The $327 million is the sum total of this sort of funding under current law. The House GOP is trying to zero out Planned Parenthood.”

Republicans’ twisted justification for cutting funds is that any money that goes to Planned Parenthood, even for cancer screenings, frees up the organization’s funds for abortion. But the pragmatic reality shows that cutting such funding would be devastating to women, ending the ability for many of them to prevent pregnancy at low cost and thereby potentially causing more abortions. Cuts that would deprive women of cancer screenings are unconscionable. Because Planned Parenthood treats sexually active women as human beings, it has become target #1.

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