At this point, very few Americans want to stand in the way of a woman exercising her “right to reproductive health” but what we do mightily object to is being forced to pay for it with public funds.
Even though a sizable number of Americans oppose abortion for religious reasons, they are still willing to discuss allowing them to women when it becomes an issue of protecting her health but not to protect women from the inconvenience of pregnancy.
That is just being totally irresponsible.
But in a move to seal his legacy, president Obama has implemented a rule to force States which oppose public funded abortions, to continue doing so though Planned Parenthood.
According to the Huffington Post:
As a parting gift to women, the Obama administration finalized a rule on Wednesday that will prohibit states from defunding Planned Parenthood for political reasons.
Twenty-four Republican-controlled state legislatures have moved to cut public funding to Planned Parenthood over the past five years because some of its clinics provide abortions, even though federal law already blocks the use of public money for abortions.
The administration’s new rule, which the Department of Health and Human Services first proposed in September, prevents states from withholding Title X federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood (or any other health provider) for reasons other than the provider’s effectiveness at delivering family planning services.
“President Obama has cemented his legacy as a champion for women’s health,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood. “This rule protects birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and other health care for millions of people.”
As we have stated many times, if women want these services they have the right to receive them but not at public expense. Americans resent being forced to fund programs that go against their long held moral and religious convictions.
On the upside, the Trump administration will probably reverse a lot of Obama’s programs and regulations and give a lot more power back to the states.
It’s about time the federal government got it’s nose out of state’s business anyway and back to providing for the general defense of the nation!
Source: Huffington Post