There are a list of ideas and actions I will never understand, and one of them is the need for people to govern the body and sexuality of women. From the beginning of his administration, Trump has made it known that he is anti-abortion and will make sure to cut funding for the procedure, and he was not lying. The Trump administration ruled on Friday, February 22, 2019, that they will cut off Planned Parenthood and other health providers that offer abortion services from hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funding.
Under a regulation issued on Friday, no health-care provider that offers abortion services will be eligible for the federal Title X program, which fund family-planning services. Last year, about 4 million people used the program, according to the government. The rule “prohibits the use of Title X funds to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning,” according to a fact sheet published by the Department of Health and Human Services.
When Planned Parenthood is brought up, people automatically think of abortions, but what the detractors seem to not understand that the main reasons people visit a Planned Parenthood are contraceptive access and STI/STD testing and treatment as well as pregnancy tests. Only 3 percent of the people who visit planned parenthood are there for the abortion services. Planned Parenthood also provides services to to men with prostate, colon, and testicular cancer screenings, vasectomies, male infertility screenings, and sexual-health services, among other necessary health treatments.
What is extremely disturbing about this ruling, is uneducated officials on abortion and Planned Parenthood trying to control the actions of women. Abortion may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and that is perfectly fine, but the need to take a person’s choice on a decision that will affect them and not the people that disagree is not. We should not forget that without the necessary and low-cost health care available at Planned Parenthood, Medicaid spending would actually go up for the federal government and taxpayers. In low-income areas, where women depend on Planned Parenthood for Medicaid-funded contraceptive services, unwanted pregnancies would rise, which would then put a much bigger, and more long-term, burden on Medicaid spending.
The Trump administration would have to come up with an alternative to the setbacks that will come with defunding Planned Parenthood, but that obviously will not happen because they are quick to pass laws without thinking about the affects that it will have on the everyday, working-class people of America; or they simply do not care.