Let’s see. Women’s health issues aren’t important? Oh, but you misspoke? Let’s just look at exactly what you said:
“You could take dollar for dollar — although I’m not sure we need a half-billion dollars for women’s health issues — but if you took dollar for dollar, there are many extraordinary fine community health organizations that exist to provide quality care for women on a wide variety of health issues,” Bush said. “But abortion should not be funded by the government.”
- First issue, abortions funded by the government. Problem, abortions are NOT paid for by government money. The Hyde Amendment has been routinely attached to the annual appropriations bills since 1976. The current Hyde Amendment for 2014 states:
SEC. 506. (a) None of the funds appropriated in this Act, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are appropriated in this Act, shall be expended for any abortion. (b) None of the funds appropriated in this Act, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are appropriated in this Act, shall be expended for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion….
SEC. 507 (a) The limitations established in the preceding section shall not apply to an abortion— (1) if the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or (2) in the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed.
In other words, no “general” abortions are covered by governmental monies, unless it is the product of rape or incest, or is a clear and present danger to the health of the mother.
- Fine community health organizations. Yeah, as a poor woman who has rarely had medical insurance for most of her life, I’ve gone to those “community health organizations” other than Planned Parenthood. Some of them are pretty much just a front for drug dispensing. Others are truly trying to help, but their funding is anemic (even when they are approved for governmental funds), their doctors (when they have them) are so overworked that no patient ever actually receives REAL care (we’re just numbers, and if our illnesses don’t fit the “norm” we might as well be not going there in the first place. When they don’t have doctors, they have nurse practitioners who pretty much have to have every damned move approved by a doctor on the board of directors – meaning that healthcare may actually take WEEKS to be approved.Oh, and then there are the religious healthcare charities. You know, the ones that check all of your financials with a fine tooth comb, and most “working poor” (i.e. they have jobs, just not ones that make enough money to actually LIVE on) don’t fit their limits. They turn away more people at the door than they actually take on. And if they do take you on, every single choice has a moral judgement made on it. I have chronic pain. Do I really need a half-hour lecture about the evils of drug abuse before I can get a non-narcotic prescription that means I can actually SLEEP, so that I can work?
There’s a reason I think that ANY politician who wants to make laws in regards to my health and my body should really be forced to live in poverty for a minimum of 1 year, and should actually be required to live that way for up to 5 years. Why? So they actually have to MAKE the decisions that any poor person in this country has to make EVERY FUCKING DAY OF THEIR FUCKING LIVES. That they have to choose between paying rent and paying for food. To have to decide whether to go to a doctor for a pustulent sore, or to buy their child a cheap pair of shoes. To have to work with an active case of pancreatitis so that their children have food and a place to sleep.
Planned Parenthood is the ONLY place I’ve ever gone to that has treated me like a human being. Like I was worthy of compassion and care.