Leaked White House Memo Outlines Plans For All-Out War On Women’s Health
A leaked memo obtained by Crooked Media gives a glimpse into the administration’s views on reproductive health, revealing a policy agenda that would gut evidence-based pregnancy prevention and family planning programs in order to fund abstinence-based education and “fertility awareness” initiatives — otherwise known as “the rhythm method,” a type of birth control that fails to prevent pregnancy for one out of every four couples who use it. Among the programs on the chopping block are Title X — the nation’s only federally funded family planning initiative — and the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) family planning budget, as well as a federal teen pregnancy prevention program and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Let Girls Learn” initiative.
The article does a fine job explaining how effective these programs have been at lowering both teen and unwanted pregnancy rates and how intensely horrible it is to defund them. But can we talk about why it is that the GOP is promoting one form of birth control over another? Birth control pills and implants prevent conception. We all know that. They know that. It's basic and easily accessible knowledge. But they want to reduce that and promote education of the highly ineffective "rhythm method," which is still birth control. At this point you can't claim that you don't like people going against "god's plan" or whatever, because you're still actively manipulating your reproductive system to avoid having a baby.
At this point the only thing I can figure is that the GOP and the Christian right really do just want women to be pregnant as often as possible in order to render us unable to fight them. The stress of pregnancy, childbirth, and raising children makes it real hard for us to fight for our basic human rights. And they can throw us in prison for life if we even try to have an abortion, yeah? That's their goal. Bring us back to the goddamn 1800's, overpopulation be damned.
The leaked memo also outlines a plan to slash USAID’s family planning budget and stipulates that “no other family planning programming for girls should be provided except fertility awareness methods.” Beyond the implications for pregnancy prevention, cutting funds for global family planning initiatives threatens to worsen maternal and fetal health outcomes, reduce the likelihood that girls will complete their education and enter the workforce, and even exacerbate gender based violence.
War on women indeed.