Marcotte: Republicans Want to Take Your Birth Control
Marcotte: Republicans Want to Take Your Birth Control
Why? Because they “don’t want women to have it”. That is the latest nonsense from Salon’s Amanda Marcotte, anyway. And we’re the fear-mongers!
They hate the power it gives women, especially young women and low-income women.
Conservatives are modern Puritans and, as H.L. Mencken famously said, they are driven by the “haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”-Amanda Marcotte
Because this makes some people happy:
Marcotte argues that the above (fact, according to her) is masked by the media. She argues that it is all Republicans’ and Trump’s fault that Planned Parenthood is pulling out (no pun intended) of the Title X family planning program. Why is Planned Parenthood withdrawing? Because the new laws issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year, prohibit Title X grantees from providing or referring patients for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency.
The Trump administration has forced Planned Parenthood grantees out of Title X. The impact of the Trump administration’s gag rule will reverberate across the country.”-Alexis McGill Johnson, Acting President of Planned Parenthood
This is going to reverberate across the nation. It’s like….like….oh phooey! I’ll just let Amanda tell you what it’s like”
…taking away measles vaccines from clinics that also treat measles cases.”-Amanda Marcotte
So, if we follow this logic for just a moment, if someone already has the measles, it’s a little too late to get a shot that prevents contacting the measles. Stay with me. Vaccines only PREVENT the disease. Birth control PREVENTS pregnancy. If you’re already pregnant, there ain’t no birth control preventing that. Unless, of course, you think abortion is a form of birth control, which it is not. Marcotte is not ranting about abortion this time, though. She’s ranting about birth control and how the Republicans and “anti-choice activists” want to take ability away from Planned Parenthood to provide. They don’t even want a woman to swallow a daily pill. Nope. All “anti-choice activists” want is to see women across this nation barefoot and pregnant! Trump wants to take your pills away, ladies.
In truth, Trump and HHS have decided to play hardball with Planned Parenthood and good for them. They should, looking at their stats of abortions versus birth control. Planned Parenthood kisses a slush fund from Title X goodbye. Why? Perhaps because their main cash cow is performing abortions and there is no money in supplying birth control. So much for “Care No Matter What” for low-income women. Planned Parenthood is electing to withdraw from this program and filed a lawsuit with HHS stating, the new Title X rule imposes “burdensome and costly impediments to the provision of services,” which would “substantially reduce the ability to provide those services.”
Title X’s grant-based funding means that, after a certain point—conceivably when Planned Parenthood feels it has given out enough birth control to satisfy the government and ensure future grant awards—the marginal cost of distributing birth control hugely outweighs the marginal benefit.
So Planned Parenthood loses money distributing birth control to uninsured women, and gains little by distributing birth control through Medicaid. Planned Parenthood’s failure to meet demand for birth control reduces costs, and also stimulates demand for abortion. When Planned Parenthood doesn’t adequately meet customer demand for birth control, its customers, with nowhere else to turn, come back for the high-margin product.”-Willis L. Krumholz, The Federalist
And, pray tell, what is that higher-margin product?
According to this, Planned Parenthood has done a terrible job of providing birth control access to urban women over the years. Why? Because it’s not profitable to them. Because their business model depends on an abortion quota and not a birth control distribution quota. In order for these clinics to survive, they need to perform a certain number of abortions annually. Now that the Title X tide has turned, HHS is calling Planned Parenthood out on the carpet and they don’t like it. The left doesn’t like it. Amanda Marcotte at Salon, especially, doesn’t like it.
No doubt it’s ironic that all this is happening under Trump, a known libertine who has been married three times and seems to have enthusiastically cheated on all his wives. But it’s not quite accurate to accuse Republicans of being hypocrites. The anti-choice movement has never been interested in punishing straight men for having sex. Instead, it’s about punishing women and LGBTQ people for trying to lay claim to the sexual autonomy that the right believes belongs to heterosexual men alone.
Trump may like having sex with women, but he doesn’t want them to have any power. Groping women on a one-at-a-time basis may be fun, but taking away their birth control? That’s how you “grab them by the pussy” on global scale.”-Amanda Marcotte
Republicans are out for your birth control, ladies. The collective “they” do not want you to be happy. Because, according to the left, birth control and (AHEM) abortions make people happy. They want to take away your power. Nobody ever mentions the great power that lies in choosing (and we’re “anti-choice”) in being proactive instead or reactive, keeping one’s legs closed, it in their pants or being selective about life or death decisions.
Nope, Amanda. Trump’s not grabbing women by the pussy in this case. He’s grabbing Planned Parenthood by the pussy (or the cojones because, according to you guys, women aren’t the only people who get abortions). Spare us the histrionics, already.
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