Governor Daniels and Republican lawmakers, by depriving Planned Parenthood of about $3 million in government funds, would punish thousands of low-income women on Medicaid, who stand to lose access to affordable contraception, life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings, and testing and treatment for H.I.V. and other sexually transmitted diseases. Making it harder for women to obtain birth control is certainly a poor strategy for reducing the number of abortions.
Health care in the US is still, but finally, under reform. My personal hope is that with the funds taken from the privatization of women’s health care to organizations with their own agendas (like Planned Parenthood) they can create a system that enables women to make positive changes in their lives and provides them with a higher standard of care. Because, for me, it’s not only about “reducing the number of abortions” (but yes, I want that), it’s about reducing the number of women who even want abortions by giving them more confidence and more control over their lives.by