A little bit ago, I received this email from the Bernie Sanders campaign:
Now, I’m not in the habit of believing information without validating it, especially when it’s about a presidential candidate potentially cutting funding for federal women’s health programs, so I did some research.
And wouldn’t you believe it, it’s true.
Earlier today, in an interview for a South Baptist Convention in Tennessee, Jeb Bush stated that “[he’s] not sure we need half a billion dollars in funding for women’s health programs…there are many…federally sponsored community health organizations to provide quality care for women on a wide variety of health issues…but abortion should not be funded by the government.”
If he’s saying that abortion funding should be cut and restricted
even more than it already is, that’s fine. That’s information about his platform that voters might find important to know. But suggesting that the overall funding for general women’s health care be cut is a considerably uninformed suggestion…
For the 2016 Fiscal Year, the Obama administration has set aside roughly $20.9 billion for women’s health programs. This budget includes coverage, based on financial need, for well-woman visits, Medicaid and/or Medicare for mother and child, counseling, FDA-approved birth controls, testing for diseases like HIV, family planning programs like Title X, pregnancy health grant programs like Title V, sex education courses, teen pregnancy prevention, health care services for female veterans, and early cancer detection programs. These programs are in place to protect and aid the low-income women of America, who otherwise would have problems obtaining access to the same level of care.
Bush’s explanation for his statement is that he doesn’t want the government funding Planned Parenthood or abortion. But according to both FactCheck and the Planned Parenthood, only 3% of the organization’s services are abortion related, and 10% of their clients receive an abortion. Additionally, while Planned Parenthood is partially funded by the government, that money cannot legally be used for abortion services.
By cutting women’s health funding, Bush would in no way, shape, or form affect the current abortion practices, availability, or statistics. He would, however, limit the basic health care services available to low-income women across America.
Is that what he wished to convey?
Personally, I think we need a president who cares about accessibility of health care services needed by women, regardless of their ability to pay.
The first presidential candidate debate for the Republican Party will be held on Thursday, August 6th at 9:00PM EST on Fox News. I urge you to tune in and stay informed!!