Abortion has been a very hot topic lately. From the controversial billboard that went up in New York City that proclaimed, “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb,” to a proposed law in South Dakota that would legalize killing abortion doctors, it seems like many are ready to take on Roe vs. Wade yet again.
While many pro-lifers argue that all children are precious and deserve a shot at life (no matter the circumstances), others work to strip funding for programs that will support the most vulnerable women and children. Hypocritical, much?
Recently, two scathing editorials, “The War on Women” and “The G.O.P.’s Abandoned Babies” highlights he inconsistencies in the GOP/pro-life position. In the New York Times editorial, “The War on Women,” the writer takes aim at all of the jabs the Republican controlled House of Representatives have taken at women under the guise of cutting the budget.
According to the editorial, just over the past few weeks, GOP leaders have pushed to…
- Defund Planned Parenthood, which provides free and low-cost medical care to women
- Eliminate Title X funding, which is a family planning program that offers birth control, HIV and other STD testing, and cancer screenings to women
- Cut 10% of the current funding for W.I.C. which serves nearly 10 million low-income women and children per month
- Cut $50 million from a block grant that funds programs that provide prenatal health care to 2.5 million women and health care to 31 million children annually
In light of all of the proposed funding cuts, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow wonders if Republicans really care about women and children at all.
“It is savagely immoral and profoundly inconsistent to insist that women endure unwanted — and in some cases dangerous — pregnancies for the sake of ‘unborn children,’ then eliminate financing designed to prevent those children from being delivered prematurely, rendering them the most fragile and vulnerable of newborns. How is this humane?“
Despite what side of the abortion debate you fall on, one thing is clear: Programs aimed at protecting the most vulnerable women and children are under attack, and it’s not just because of the budget.