Title X is a government program that gives about a quarter of its funds to Planned Parenthood, and the rest to other clinics for low-income people throughout the country. It specifically does not fund abortions, because that is illegal under federal law. What it does pay for, however, are family planning for both men and women, STD screening, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, hypertension and cancer screening. The services are for ALL people -- married or single, gay or straight. Planned Parenthood offers all of these in addition to abortion services that it funds through private means, adding up to only about three percent of its total program.
Title X pays for birth control pills on the taxpayer dime and Planned Parenthood does not demand a marriage certificate when women come in seeking the pill. Thus, in Republican World, they are promoters of promiscuity and orgies. Planned Parenthood is also known for its compassionate treatment of transgender patients. Planned Parenthood supplies free condoms to its clients, thus promoting even more unrestrained sex. See where this is going? Way, way beyond the right to life movement.
Since the radical right culture warriors are also anti-gay and many seem to have sexual phobias of all kinds, could the threatened government shutdown have been about homophobia as well as misogyny? Nobody's telling, but it wouldn't surprise me.
Christian fundamentalism as a force in American politics has never died. The religious fanatics still haven't gotten over the repeal of DADT. Their dogmatism and their demogoguery trump rational thought. It wouldn't shock me if they actually thought that the "X" in Title X stands for X-rated, instead of the number 10. The right wing crowd probably never studied Roman numerals in school because those numbers are un-American.
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And speaking of Rome, if I didn't know better, I'd swear the Vatican might have a hand in this too. The American bishops tried to kill the affordable health care act due to abortion issues. Could this be payback time from the mighty lobby of men in mitered hats? Nothing would surprise me at this point. If you'd told me a week ago the government would be shut down over Pap smears, I wouldn't have believed it either.
And then there's the cultish Abstinence Movement, which espouses just saying no as the proper right wing method of birth control. Bristol Palin, teen mom, is the poster child of that movement, or revirgination campaign or whatever you want to call it. Conservatives even have weird debutante-type affairs called "Purity Balls" in which fathers parade out their daughters in some vaguely creepy chastity sweepstakes. Daddy's Little Girl is Daddy's Little Girl until marriage do them part.
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