Oklahoma Republicans Try To Keep Planned Parenthood From Feeding Babies

In a shocking story out of Oklahoma, a Republican state representative amended a senior nutrition bill to slash funding for the Women Infants and Children (WIC) health program, by refusing to allow nine independent contractors to distribute federally funded nutrition and food vouchers to low-income mothers.  One of these contractors is Planned Parenthood.  Observers said that Planned Parenthood was the clear target in amending the legislation, which shifts responsibility for providing the vouchers to various government sites, mostly county health departments.

Although over the past few months, “pro-life” Republicans in the national Congress have made strong attempts to paint Planned Parenthood as primarily an abortion provider, the Tulsa Planned Parenthood does not, ironically, provide abortion services. What it does do is provide essential care for more than 3,535 women, infants and children.  On their website, Planned Parenthood says that this adds up to a yearly average of 42,420 visits by over 9,3000 individual clients.

This system clearly isn’t broken.  In addition to administering the WIC program, the Tulsa Planned Parenthood clinics annually provide about 8,600 prenatal visits a year and 5,600 pediatric visits.  And the federal funding is almost entirely dedicated to WIC; a mere 6 percent goes toward administrative costs.

So why would legislators want to deny women access to crucial nutrition vouchers which could make all the difference for their health and the health of their children?  This measure would undoubtedly curb women’s ability to get the vouchers efficiently, from an organization that cannot use federal money to fund abortions and does not, in the case of this local Planned Parenthood, even provide them.  This amendment would leave fewer options for affordable healthcare for women and children – a policy which is certainly not “pro-life.”


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Sue ( Snow Owl) Clayton

To Deborah D. May 5th......What planet is your local representative from, he really needs to look at the country through the eyes of REAL people. For a start, EVERYONE IN AMERICA IS NOT BORN EQUAL WITH EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES!!!!! They are MORALLY but not according to government. He sounds like an ignorant fool.

Deborah D.
Deborah D.4 years ago

I emailed my local Reprentative (a Republican) about his views on planned parenthood and abortion. He is even against rape and incest abortions. He said all children have a right to be born and when I said, OK, then we will start telling all the women who cannot keep their child ( for 1 reason or another) to bring them to your house...that you will take care of them. His only response back to me was "Everybody in this country is born the same, with the same opportunities". That response was so moronic. Don't these Republicans have minds of their own??? Everytime I hear them talk...all I hear are the same ideas in the same words that all the other Republicans are spouting. And none of their yammering contains useable ideas to help this country. They are taking money out of our pockets and putting it in theirs and most of the American people are letting them get away with it. UNBELIEVABLE

Danny W.
Danny Wilson4 years ago

Repubatungs, no better than the taliban!

Mary W.
Mary Williamson4 years ago

none of this truly has to do with preventing abortion. It is all aimed at controlling women who are clearly threatening the dominance of less able men.

Lika S.
Lika S.4 years ago

Oh, God forbid we abort a pregnancy. It's big republican business, you know. But if we starve them to death after they're born, that's okay, because born babies aren't their concern any more.

Maarja L.
Maarja L.4 years ago

I really don't understand that. I really don't.

Elena Arutiunova
Elena Arutiunova4 years ago


Tracey D.
Tracey D.4 years ago

The majority of Republicans are not Pro-life they are just anti-abortion. The proof is they pass laws that won't allow help for the babies that are born. Hypocrites. If they were truly Pro-life they would care for all life from conception to natural death, even that of prisoners on "deathrow."

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan4 years ago

Why would the Republicans alter things to affect those worse off in society? Those that need help? I don't understand american politics.

Sheila D.
Sheila D.4 years ago

How sad that the Republican Party seems to be hell bent on making women have children, but also wants no responsibility for the child after it's born. Reminds me of all those deadbeat dads out there who were determined to get what they wanted and now have nothing to do with the mother or child.