March 6, 2017
By Maggie Haberman
The White House, (click here) concerned about the possible political repercussions of the Republican effort to defund Planned Parenthood, has proposed preserving federal payments to the group if it discontinues providing abortions.
The proposal, which was never made formally, has been rejected as an impossibility by officials at Planned Parenthood, which receives about $500 million annually in federal funding. That money helps pay for women’s health services the organization provides, not for abortion services.
“Let’s be clear: Federal funds already do not pay for abortions,” Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said on Monday. “Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable.”
But the outreach to allies of Planned Parenthood is a glimpse of the internal struggle inside a White House torn between trying to satisfy the conservative base that elected President Trump and responding to the views of his daughter Ivanka Trump, who urged her father to tread carefully on the Planned Parenthood issue during the Republican primary contest....
When are men going to do their part? They have no problem treating ED, what are they doing about pregnancy? There should be a WARNING LABEL on any ED medication, "Caution: Could cause pregnancy."
March 6, 2017
“My body, my choice.” (click here) So say the signs at the pro-choice marches. It’s a great slogan. Unfortunately it does nothing to promote women’s rights. Feminists, progressives and educated elitist men have sold women a bill of goods.
No one would argue a woman’s rights. I’m just not sure abortion is one of them. One thing is for certain. By taking on the "right" of abortion, men are absolved of any rights as it pertains to a life that is half his. It also effectively absolves him of all his responsibility and dumps it all on the woman.
A little planning and self-control would make abortion a non-issue. Women need to demand that men do their part in proactively preventing an unwanted pregnancy. As long as biology and society’s default position places the lion's share of pregnancies responsibility on the woman, it seems counter productive for women to fight for the right to go it alone.
— Steve Lame, Des Moines