Friday, June 24, 2011

The GOP Continues Its NO Campaign Against Women


In this day and age of modern medical miracles and wonder drugs, the life expectancy of women in the US is "rapidly falling behind the rest of the industrialized world".  In fact, in 313 counties in these United States, the life expectancy of women is falling!  That's right!  The life expectancy of women is falling.

In order to reverse this trend, the U.S. needs to strengthen its investment into public health programs, particularly those focused on preventive medicine and nutrition.

And what have the republicans done to help the health of the American people?

"In Congress and state legislatures across the country, however, Republicans have targeted public health programs for drastic spending cuts or full elimination, focusing especially on programs that benefit women the most."

They have:
  • WIC: The GOP’s initial budget sought to cut 10 percent from the 2010 spending level for the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which provides aid to low-income pregnant and nursing women and their infant children.
     
  • Title X: The budget plan the GOP released in February sought to eliminate funding for Title X, which provides family planning to low-income families, altogether.
     
  • Planned Parenthood: The GOP took the government to the brink of shutdown over funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides millions of women with basic health services each year.
     
  • Medicare/Medicaid: The House GOP budget authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) would end Medicare as we know it and turn Medicaid into a block-grant system, disproportionately hurting women.
     
  • Affordable Care Act: During the health care debate, Republicans fought to prevent maternity care from becoming a standard inclusion on medical plans and attempted to keep the bill from passing despite its many benefits for women.
And where does the money for these programs go?  Into the pockets of the wealthy and the big corporations in the form of tax cuts and tax benefits.  Rather than helping those that need help, they help those who need it the least.

Republicans - Support government for those that can pay for it, rather than those that need it.

h/t: ThinkProgress.org

3 comments:

  1. One of the main reasons that I rarely vote Republican is the abortion issue. The thought of mandating that a woman retain a pregnancy for 9 months is chilling to me.

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  2. The abortion issue is one of the reasons I never vote Republican. I never have and I never will. Personally I believe the Hyde Amendment should be repealed.

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  3. I'm personally against abortions (but feel each woman should decide for herself). I'm not sure why it is a political issue (it makes no sense for the Republicans to be so adamant about what women do)..

    Maybe in a gentler world less women would choose abortions.. with the way the economy is going; health care costs.. etc abortions might raise in numbers.

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