And people actually vote for these Bozos

Posted: 03/23/2016 in Screwed
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Planned Parenthood is under attack (again) in Florida.  Republican lawmakers in that state say Planned Parenthood isn’t needed, so they’ve passed a bill to do away with state funding for that organization.  After all, there are 29 low-cost, publicly funded sites for women to get their primary “girly-stuff” care for every Planned Parenthood location.  During a confrontation between Lori Berman and Colleen Burton (bill co-sponsor), it came out that there’s even a list of such places:

The state list of federally qualified health centers that Berman received the next day includes 67 schools ranging from the elementary to high school level.

During the hearing, the bill’s supporters also repeatedly noted that there are 29 federally funded public health centers for every one Planned Parenthood health center in the state, implying that the defunding of Planned Parenthood would have little impact on patients. The anti-choice Florida Family Policy Council, an affiliate of Focus on the Family, and Americans Defending Freedom repeatedly cited this 29:1 ratio in their lobbying for HB 1411.

“That ratio number is based on this list,” Berman told the Guardian, “which is a fallacious list since many of the providers on that list are in no position to provide women’s healthcare.”

It’s a move reminiscent of similar gambits attempted by Louisiana and Ohio , which have made moves to defund Planned Parenthood and suggested alternate providers for those patients that do not actually provide reproductive services….

“What this would do is take away funding for programs that are primary care,” said Chris Estes, the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood of south, east and north Florida. “Cancer screenings, sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment, pap smears, birth control – these are services that women in great need are accessing [at Planned Parenthood health centers]. There are not-for-profit programs for patients who don’t have insurance, don’t have money, and can’t afford to go elsewhere for it.”

As of 2013 , there were 3.86 million women of reproductive age in Florida…over a third of which were in need of publicly supported contraceptive services.

“There’s this belief that if they pass defunding bills, we’ll suddenly disappear, and that’s not the case,” said Estes. “We’re not going to go away and we’re not going to close our health centers. This will only affect women who count on us to provide free and reduced cost services.”

Which, of course, is exactly what the GOP wants.  After all, if poor folks wanted to live as real human beings, they would be born rich wouldn’t they?

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