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Obama To The Rescue For Planned Parenthood

Obama To The Rescue For Planned Parenthood

The Obama administration reinforced its commitment to women and families, awarding significant federal family planning grants to Planned Parenthood clinics in three states that have cut the providers’ funding: New Jersey, Tennessee and North Carolina.

“Yesterday President Obama said he supports Planned Parenthood because he wants his two daughters to be able to ‘control their own health care choices,’” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement on Wednesday. “This morning we find that he once again is using euphemisms like ‘choice’ and ‘control’ to trample the rights of states and force pro-life taxpayers to fund the abortion business.”

In North Carolina the Republican controlled state legislature overrode Gov. Bev. Perdue’s (D) veto a a bill that cuts $343,000 in state money from the provider’s budget. Republicans are furious at the administration and accused President Obama of “playing politics with taxpayer money.”

Of course, the same could be said for the Republican crusade to cut funding for family planning.

According to Laura Bassett, this is the first time many of these providers have been under attack in this manner.

Paige Johnson, a spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood clinic in Durham, said that clinic has never appealed to HHS for Title X grants because it was always able to partner with the state. But after the state stopped contracting with Planned Parenthood, the clinic made the case to HHS that it is the primary provider of family planning to low-income women in the area. Under federal law, HHS is required to award grant funds in a manner that expands women’s access to care in the most cost-effective way possible in areas of the greatest need.

Other new Title X grant winners included Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis in Tennessee, and the New Jersey Family Planning League (NJFPL).

For the time being Planned Parenthood will continue to provide critical family planning services to the women of New Jersey, North Carolina and Tennessee, all thanks to the Obama administration and the Department of Health and Human Services. That last point can’t be emphasized enough, especially as women voters consider which candidate to support come November.

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8:45AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

The pill might only cost $4 at Walmart, but that is AFTER a doctor's visit and with a prescription!!

8:59PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

If more women don't realize that THEIR rights are swiftly being taken away by the narrow minded politicians, and if they don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when women will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Sex Education should be MANDATORY. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom, I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of YOUR VOTE to keep the politicians that are fighting for your equal rights in and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights. Use Google and utube to find answers for your questions. I Googled if Romney was ever for abortions and found out in 2002 he was definitely PRO CHOICE . Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

3:22PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

I'm glad he awarded funds to Planned Parenthood.

3:20PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

I'm glad he awarded funds to Planned Parenthood.

4:19AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Bette M. - I have made comments about the pill before. The pill is cheap now with Walmart's $4 list. So why don't women utilize it? Condoms are also available at Walmart and every drug store why are they not used? If these methods were used there would not be a need for abortions. I still don't want my hard earned tax dollars to be used to fund a for profit business who performs the murder of thousands of innocent babies.

11:09PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

It's rather odd that you have been a member since 2010 and only have so few butterfly credits to your name, and suddenly you appear with an interesting opinion about abortion.

While it has been a side topic, the article is about the President assigning funding to help out these organizations to aid women in planning their choices, but also in getting tests for cancer and the like. The funds don't go for abortions.

But that's not why you are here. You're hear to agitate about abortion. Do your handlers pay you by the word to be disruptive, or by the post?

Secondly, satan doesn't really exist, save within your mind. I'd be careful, the medical profession are working towards adding religion as a delusional condition under the DSM, thereby relegating it as a treatment category.

And while you are entitled to your opinion, which I am suggesting are delusional as it appears to involve imaginary friends and demons, and your faith in myths, you don't have the right to impose your will on others.

11:01PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Wow, Alisha, that was twisted!

10:59PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Another reason not to vote for him. I can't believe how many people consider this a "right." It's just another way to exploit women. You can't get much more Satanic than abortion ~ spilling innocent blood. I'm not even that religious, but I can see how evil it is. How sad that so many buy into it and think they are standing up for women.

9:00PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

wonderful

5:53PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

I had my tubes tied five years ago, so even though menopause hasn't hit yet, my childbearing years are for all intents and purposes over. However, like President Obama, I have two daughters, so my reasons for continuing to hold pro-choice views and supporting such groups as Planned Parenthood are in fact DOUBLED. I want my daughters to be able to have full control over their bodies, lives, and reproductive health, and if the anti-choicers and anti-contraception types continue to try to ram their views down our throats, that's less likely to happen.

But dammit, we women are NOT going down without a fight!

All together now:

"Come November, WOMEN WILL REMEMBER!"

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