A judge in Indiana has ruled that there will be no restraining order against a new law in the state banning Planned Parenthood from receiving public funding — funding for the most part being provided by the federal government, not the state.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, a Republican known for stating that it was time for focusing on the economy and passing a “truce” on social issues before the GOP began pushing him into running for the presidential nomination, signed a ban on funding for Planned Parenthood even though he was told that by cutting off their funding, the state was likely to also lose an additional $1 million in funding that would go to other providers that aren’t Planned Parenthood, all of whom are working together to provide reduced cost reproductive services like STI testing and birth control for women and men who could not afford it otherwise.
Most people recognize that financial assistance for birth control is an issue that benefits both the women and men; It helps and society in general, by reducing unintended pregnancies. There’s just one problem. We’ve been making the assumption that conservatives also want to stop unplanned pregnancies.
We were wrong. They don’t. They want women to have as many babies as possible.
Sounds crazy, right? After all, this is 2011. We live in a time where we believe women should have the rights to the same opportunities as men and, if they choose, can be be mothers as well as pursue careers, dreams and other avenues for their talents, too.
But many groups believe that women have an obligation to make babies. That it is their role, and they quite literally owe it to society. And they are the groups who are lobbying and pushing the radical Republican agenda that has turned into a non-stop war on women.
American Life League is one such group, and a powerful one at that, and has been the driving force behind the campaign to defund Planned Parenthood. Republicans have been pretending that the reason they want to defund it is because taxpayers “shouldn’t have to give money to a group that provides abortions,” even if that money is never used for that service. But Republicans are lying. That’s not why they want Planned Parenthood defunded. They want it defunded so poor women will be forced to have children.
From ALL’s latest blog post:
Basic economics dictate that the economy is driven by people — people who produce and consume products. People are our greatest resource, a blessing, not a curse….When the population pyramid reverses because a society reaches below replacement level fertility, there will not be enough younger people to support the aging population or to sustain the economy, resulting in eventual economic collapse.
The next time you read a quote from a Planned Parenthood official bragging about how giving your hard-earned tax dollars to the nation’s largest abortion chain saves you money, write a letter to the editor pointing out that Planned Parenthood is completely overlooking the contributions – economic and otherwise — those missing children would have made to our society, while it attempts to eliminate poverty by eliminating the children of the poor.
They are right — poor women are the target. They are the target of a greedy conservative movement that wants them to reproduce literally to provide cheap labor, labor made even cheaper as they cut mandatory minimum wage laws, collective bargaining and paid leave. The more women they can deny birth control to, the more they can “sustain the economy” with a workforce brought into existence only to support the “aging population,” birthed by a generation of women who had no other choice because they had every other option stripped from them by a party that claims it is protecting them.