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Planned Parenthood revealed its true colors this week in the ongoing fight over abortion access in this country. The company supposedly champions women's health and states over and over again that abortion only makes up a fraction of its services provided. Yet this latest decision doesn't seem to match that claim.

The federal government offers a program for family planning called Title X. It helps provide family planning health services for low-income families or uninsured people. These services are provided at reduced or no cost. All that is stuff Planned Parenthood claims to champion. But the company has decided to cut off its nose to spite its face.

Planned Parenthood is going to withdraw from Title X, according to The New York Times. Here's more from the newspaper:

"The funds have enabled the group to provide more than 1.5 million low-income women each year with services like birth control and pregnancy tests, as well as screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and breast and cervical cancer. In some rural communities, Planned Parenthood is the only provider of such services."

What's the reason for all this hubbub? It's a new restriction from our president's administration that limits what health providers can say about abortion. "The rule says that while clinics accepting Title X funds may continue to talk to patients about abortion, they may not refer women to an abortion provider or suggest where to obtain an abortion," The Times reported.

So, because accepting these funds prohibits Planned Parenthood from telling patients where they can go to kill their babies, the organization has decided it'll just stop taking money to provide family planning services for low-income folks. Makes sense.

If a medical organization is willing to let patients go without vital services to make a political point, there's a problem.

Of course, to the rest of us that don't favor infanticide, this is just Planned Parenthood revealing its true colors. Hopefully this funding can be redirected to county health units that'll pick up the slack, without the murder.

Editorial on 08/23/2019

Print Headline: EDITORIAL: It's not about health care

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Archived Comments

  • limb
    August 23, 2019 at 7:57 a.m.

    Controlling women is what this editor is about - planned parenthood isn't. They’ll do fine without Title X.

    and, gosh, women will get to make their own choice about forced motherhood.

  • wowy
    August 23, 2019 at 8:38 a.m.

    Good informative article.
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    The DimGas should hire him so Juan can go on to Cuba !!

  • 23cal
    August 23, 2019 at 9:05 a.m.

    "The rule says that while clinics accepting Title X funds may continue to talk to patients about abortion, they may not refer women to an abortion provider or suggest where to obtain an abortion," The Times reported."
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    It is a gag rule which is unethical and interferes with the doctor-patient relationship. The Trump administration has made it plain all along that it wants to kowtow to right wing anti-choice extremists who have had defunding Planned Parenthood in their target sights for years. Now that they have succeeded, the dishonest ADG editor of course wants to blame and to demonize the victim of this "success".
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    "So, because accepting these funds prohibits Planned Parenthood from telling patients where they can go to kill their babies....." PP never refers patients to baby killers. They refer people to where they can obtain a legal medical procedure where a fetus is aborted if that is the choice of the patient. ADG editor is such a despicable liar. This is exactly illustrative of ADG hypocrisy from the editor who recently ran a column about using language accurately. Up is not down.
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    "...... the organization has decided it'll just stop taking money to provide family planning services for low-income folks. Makes sense." Bull. The organization has decided it won't mislead patients or provide less than honest counseling, which is what this rule would require. It involves integrity and medical ethics, something with which Editor is unacquainted.
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    "If a medical organization is willing to let patients go without vital services to make a political point, there's a problem." If a political organization abuses its power to attempt to make medical organizations lie to, misinform, or withhold important information from patients, there's a problem.
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    "Of course, to the rest of us that don't favor infanticide....." I suspect Editor knows the definition of infanticide and is dishonest enough to not use that definition properly. It isn't ignorance, it is dishonesty. Remember how he operates.
    in·fan·ti·cide

    noun
    1.
    the crime of killing a child within a year of birth.

    Abortion: the ending of a pregnancy by removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus before it can survive outside the uterus
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    Infanticide is a crime. Legal abortion isn't a crime. Legal abortion isn't infanticide. Infanticide is killing a child within a year of birth. Abortion is ending a pregnancy before birth. An embryo isn't a child any more than it is a toddler, a teenager, an adult, or an old coot. If you can elide two stages of development, you can elide all of them.
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    The dishonest Editor is right out of the Ministry of Truth in Orwell's 1984.
    “War is peace.
    Freedom is slavery.
    Ignorance is strength.”
    “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
    “It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”

  • purplebouquet
    August 23, 2019 at 10:19 a.m.

    Bravo, 23Cal. Nice refutal of the erroneous statements of the editorial.

  • GeneralMac
    August 23, 2019 at 11:36 a.m.

    23cal says........"abortion is ending a pregnancy before birth "

    Pro-abortion Barack HUSSEIN Obama favored ending the pregnancy via a PARTIAL birth.

    Deliver the baby but pause once the head is fully out.
    Take a sharp scissors and thrust it into the base of the skull KILLING it.

    After it is DECLARED DEAD.......continue delivering the now dead baby.

    Now let all you abortion loving "usual suspects" tell me my description of PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION is " FAKE NEWS"

    As I told poster JINGAIL yesterday, do a simple internet search and try to prove me wrong on the DEFINITION of partial birth abortion.

    Two abortion lovers ( Barack HUSSEIN Obama and Ruth Bader Ginsburg ) were upset with the Supreme Court upholding the ban on that gruesome decision.

    Supreme Court appointees DO make a difference!

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