- The former governor's remarks were more than a slip of the tongue. They offered a window into his party's agenda
- The Battle Over Planned Parenthood
Andrea Flynn, Next New Deal / Salon
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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush hugs Barbara Suber, of Sparks, Nev., following a town hall meeting at the Silver State Charter School in Carson City, Nev. on Friday, July 17, 2015. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP) (Credit: AP)
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 | Tuesday night Jeb Bush made a slip of the tongue that let us know just where he stands on reproductive health. “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues,” he said at an event in Nashville. In a way, he’s right: We actually need much more than half a billion dollars to fully meet the need for publicly funded reproductive health services. Bush has since backtracked on his comment, which came on the heels of Senate Republicans’ failed attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, but we should not be fooled. His remarks and the recent furor that led to said defunding attempt are a clear illustration of the resentment GOP lawmakers and candidates have for our nation’s reproductive health programs, and reflect their resolve to diminish them.
It’s important to consider Bush’s remarks and the attacks on Planned Parenthood in the political context of the past four years. As Elizabeth Warren indicated in her impassioned speech before the Senate this week, over the past five years Republican state lawmakers have passed nearly 300 new restrictions on reproductive health access. In the first quarter of 2015, lawmakers in 43 states introduced a total of 332 provisions to restrict abortion access, which is increasingly out of reach for women throughout the country. Republicans have voted more than 50 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has dramatically improved women’s health coverage and access. In the fall of 2013, the party orchestrated a costly government shutdown motivated by their opposition to the ACA’s contraceptive mandate. And in June, House Republicans proposed eliminating funding for Title X, the federal family planning program.
Andrea Flynn is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she researches and writes about reproductive health issues in the United States and globally.
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The Battle Over Planned Parenthood, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
- Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.
- Part 1: Everything You Need To Know About The Anti-Abortion Groups Trying To Discredit Planned Parenthood
- Part 2: The Real Stakes In The Manufactured Controversy Over Planned Parenthood