Am I being trolled? Because I feel like I’m being trolled.
Favored intellectual journal of American feminists, Cosmo (the same rag that started the tampon tax nonsense) bemoaned increased birth rates in their latest exposé.
They argue that restricted funding to Texas-based Planned Parenthoods “effectively defunded” the abortion mill. As a result, few claims for contraceptive measure have been filed and more babies have been born in locals where Planned Parenthood is no more.
MORE BABIES?! THE HORROR!
Like many other anti-life advocates, the post’s author seems to dwell under the presumption that the only way women are able to receive medical attention is via Planned Parenthood. Forget there exist these nifty little things called “doctor’s offices,” “clinics,” and “hospitals,” all of which are staffed with doctors whose medical knowledge extends beyond dismembering a baby with a vacuum hose.
Two years before Planned Parenthood funding was cut from the program on Jan. 1. 2013, 1,042 women filed claims for LARCs under the state’s Medicaid Women’s Health Program. By the end of 2014, that number dropped by 35.5 percent, to a mere 672 women. Those figures are just as bad for women who use injectable contraception — within the same timeframe, those claims dropped from 6,832 to 4,709 (or by 31.1 percent).
Unsurprisingly, the study shows a 1.9 percent increase in the birthing rate in counties that once had state-funded Planned Parenthood clinics during that same time period of 2011 to 2014.
If there were any remaining doubts about how cutting Planned Parenthood funding affects women, those should be pretty much cleared up by this new data. When Texas removed Planned Parenthood from its state Medicaid family-planning program, low-income women who qualified for the program were no longer able to afford some of the most highly effective contraception options. And the subsequent consequence was an uptick in the birthrate.
Combine all of this with the fact that Texas politicians have done pretty much all they can to make abortion nearly impossible to access in the state, and you have a lot of low-income women who can not only not afford birth control but don’t have a way of safely ending an unwanted pregnancy.
How DARE those babies have a chance to live! Don’t they know how inconvenient they are?
I imagine our foremothers are rolling in their graves as modern “feminists” pride themselves in advocating for the murder of unborn women.
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