Saturday, July 15, 2017

Iowa: trying hard to be as stupid as Texas

“If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.” — Florynce (Flo) Kennedy, American lawyer, feminist, civil rights advocate, lecturer and activist

WHAT DID you think was going to happen when you force reproductive health centers to close by eliminating their funding? 

Hmmmm. Wait, I know I know!

The rate of teen pregnancy rises and so does the abortion rate. And here in Iowa, we're trying hard to be just as stupid as Texas.

From the Austin Chronicle. FYI: Paul lived in Austin for six years. His brother and sister-in-law, former sister-in-law and niece and nephew still live there.

What Happens When Texas Blocks Planned Parenthood? Abortions Rise. 

By Mary Tuma
July 12. 2017

With the goal of eliminating abortion, Texas Republicans have stripped Planned Parenthood of funding and steadily obstructed patient access to care over the past few years. Turns out, their ideological, anti-choice crusade is having the opposite effect. A new study shows abortion rates have jumped since Planned Parenthood was blocked.

While at Texas A&M University, economics professor Analisa Packham found that when the Texas Legislature cut family planning funding by two-thirds, or $76 million, in 2011 and simultaneously defunded Planned Parenthood, teen abortions increased 3.1% in the following three years while teen births spiked by 3.4% in the following four years.

The budget cuts not only hit Planned Parenthood but shuttered a total of more than 80 family planning clinics altogether, impeding access to preventive women’s health care and low-cost contraception, a direct reason for unintended pregnancies, especially among teens. “Although the primary stated objective of the funding cuts was to decrease abortion incidents, I find little evidence that reducing family planning funding achieved this goal,” Packham sharply concludes.

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1 comment:

  1. It is very difficult to reply to this column without swearing -as I am THAT angry. It is infuriating to see such fools in charge. Republican "logic" is so faulty - removing education and prevention while CLAIMING to be anti choice is just stupid. How many young women will die to make these "pro life" fools??