Obama moves to preserve Planned Parenthood money that Arkansas GOP wants to deny | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Obama moves to preserve Planned Parenthood money that Arkansas GOP wants to deny

Posted By on Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 7:31 AM

ANTI-WOMAN: State Rep. Mike Holcomb is proud of supporting a cutoff of money for medical services to poor women. A rule proposed by President Obama would make such state cutoffs impossible in the future.
  • ANTI-WOMAN: State Rep. Mike Holcomb is proud of supporting a cutoff of money for medical services to poor women. A rule proposed by President Obama would make such state cutoffs impossible in the future.
President Obama has riled Republicans — and demonstrated again his worthiness — by proposing a federal rule to prevent states from denying money to family planning providers such as Planned Parenthood for political reasons.

In other words, Obama thinks it's wrong to deny money for important medical services because some in Congress disagree with lawful viewpoints of some of  those providers that include abortion in services NOT financed by government.

Arkansas and other Republican-led states have tried to stop Medicaid money from flowing to Planned Parenthood because the organization also provides abortion as well as basic medical services for men and women, family planning, sex education and sexual disease services.

The new rule, which the Department of Health and Human Services proposed last week, says that states cannot withhold Title X federal family planning money from certain recipients for any reason other than the provider’s “ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner.” That means states can no longer vote to defund Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics offer abortion services.

“This will make a real difference in so many people’s lives,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood. “Thanks to the Obama administration, women will still be able to access the birth control they need to plan their families, and the cancer screenings they need to stay healthy.”

The Title X program provides basic preventive health care and family planning services for 4 million low-income Americans. About 85 percent of patients who use Title X have incomes below $23,500. Planned Parenthood serves about a third of those patients, using the $70 million a year it receives in Title X grants to subsidize contraceptives and cancer and sexually transmitted infection screenings for people who can’t afford them. Title X does not allow any money to be used to pay for abortions for any reason.
I note with interest that Republican Rep. Mike Holcomb, being challenged again by Democrat Gretchen Dorothy Hall for his state House seat, continues to make a hallmark of his party switch Gov. Asa Hutchinson's denial of money for Planned Parenthood and Democratic opposition to the cutoff.  Hall said the decision was purely political and not good for Arkansas. She is, of course, exactly right. Poor women were disproportionately the victims of Hutchinson/Holcomb. This is not the only area in which Holcomb has suspect record on women.

Tags: , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (9)

Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017
  • Your daily dose of Jason Rapert

    Sen. Jason Rapert really, really didn't like it when a KATV reporter asked him about the hypocrisy of his political arguments.
    • Feb 4, 2017
  • Free Zinn book for Arkansas teachers

    Arkansas teachers! Get your free Howard Zinn book here! Whether Kim Hendren likes it or not.
    • Mar 3, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation