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Less Birth Control, More Ultrasounds: How The GOP Wants To Force Women To Bear More Children

Less Birth Control, More Ultrasounds: How The GOP Wants To Force Women To Bear More Children

In a new assault on the war on women, Planned Parenthood clinics in New Hampshire are no longer able to offer birth control after the state’s newly elected all Republican “Executive Council” rejected signing a new contract with the group — the first time the contract has not been renewed in

The Concord Monitor reports:

Planned Parenthood had operated under a limited retail pharmacy license that was contingent on having a state contract, said Steve Trombley, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Two weeks ago, the all-Republican Executive Council voted 3-2 against a new contract that would have provided the organization $1.8 million in state and federal money for the two years starting this month.

Executive Councilor Dan St. Hilaire of Concord, who cast one of the three votes in opposition, said the contract should go to an organization that does not perform abortions. The councilors approved 10 other contracts for family planning services.

The Planned Parenthood New Hampshire clinics are responsible for over half of the patients who’s care is subsidized by the state, and provided contraception for over 13,000 people in the last year, most of whom make below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.  But despite their meager earnings, the Republicans who voted down the contract believe that they should still have enough in the budget somewhere to cover their own birth control, or simply not have sex.  Sex, it appears, is only for those who can afford it.  “If they want to have a good time, why not let them pay for it?” asked executive council member Raymond Wieczorek.

Of course, although this is one of the more dramatic results of defunding and cutting off state contracts to Planned Parenthood, it’s becoming more clear with every effort that the Republicans are not simply trying to “stop money from indirectly funding abortions,” they are trying to force women into a “have sex and have a baby, or don’t have sex ever” situation.  Proof in point?  Florida Republican Congressman Cliff Stearns, who is considering launching a federal investigation of Planned Parenthood based on “research” provided by Americans United for Life.  His other pet issue?  Finding federal funding for crisis pregnancy centers to purchase more ultrasound equipment so they can “assist” women in deciding to carrying their unintended pregnancies to term.

Take money away from birth control, give it to groups that coerce pregnant women into having babies.  How can that be anything other than trying to force more women into bearing children?

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6:58PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Thank you.

6:57PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Thank you.

10:44AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

YUPPERS..... Naughty naughty Planned Parenthood groups.... Don't you KNOW that the world, (entire planet) NEEDS MORE KIDDIES?? The ones we have NOW, have it WAY TOO EASY! Only HALF of them are uneducated and hungry and living with unfit parents. We need to BOOST those numbers. They have done well by turning much of our farm lands into shopping malls and factories, so we don't have the food resources to feed them all. If we keep this up and all do our part, pretty soon we have have two VERY distinct classes of people. Those that live comfortably, and those that ONLY EXIST. Then, it will be NO SURPRISE when our overburdened planet eventually dies as well.

4:11PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Thank you Kelly, I agree 100%

9:59AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Actually, as much as people think it is about "forcing women to have children"; I would suggest it is just a war on sex in general. These are the same people who promote abstinence only. While I am personally, I do NOT expect others to have the same idea I do! I would HOPE that the people trying to do this are realizing that less birth control equals more unwanted pregnancies equals more termination of unwanted pregnancies. People are not going to go for abstinence only so quit trying and actually educate people!

12:14PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

The GOP can go f%$k itself. I'm getting sick and tired of them trying to ruin us left and right, trying to shove their ridiculous Christian propaganda garbage down my throat. Like we really need a larger population--please! These are the same people who want to cut all government programs & assistance! So, now they want as many unwanted children floating around the system as possible? Well, whatever, at least they'd be the only ones responsible for all of them starving to death in the streets when the GOP finally gets what it wants and closes all state and government funded projects, like orphanages.

5:47AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

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1:36AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Diane O the only thing youre doing is sharing your ignorant assumptions.Women having child after child 'to get more welfare money' is an urban myth and there are now limits on how long women can be on public assistance. Federal tax dollars do not pay for abortion. If you knew anything about the Hyde Ammendment you would know this. State laws vary but abortions paid by state funds are typically limited to rape, incest, or serious health concerns for the woman pregnant. Most women who have abortions DID use contraceptives the month they got pregnant, about 60%. Thats according to the CDC. Of the remainder you have about 14% of abortions for those under the age of 18, a group notorious for not planning ahead. You have women who had intended pregnancies but whose circumstances changed. Of course you have health issues with the woman or fetus, and of course you have victims of rape and incest. And you have women trying unsuccessfully to use 'natural family planning' or Catholic Roulette, which isnt a contraceptive. Its SEX control. Women who simply do not use contraceptives are more likely to continue their pregnancy and give birth. Women who do choose abortion are typically poorly educated, living in poverty, and this group includes immigrants from other countries where contraceptives arent that common place. And part of having an abortion is learning about PREVENTING pregnancy. Assuming that only 'irresponsible' women can have an unplanned pregnancy is really laugh

1:23AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

And by the way, if anti choicers are squeeling about *their* federal tax dollars going to pay for abortion, Id suggest they educate themselves a little bit and learn about the Hyde Ammendment.

1:21AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

This is outrageous. For every 3 women who go to PP for an abortion, 97 go for other health care and the lions share of that 97% go for help PREVENTING pregnancy. The GOP attitude towards women and particularly poor women is inexcusable. How anyone can coninue to vote these misogynistic control freaks into office confounds me.

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