As a Republican led Judiciary Committee continues their quest to defund Planned Parenthood I would like to take some time to showcase far-right policies and how they have fared. (I promise there will be much more to come on the committee proceedings itself.)
During his tenure as Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal has proudly raised his state’s standing with the pro-life group Americans United For Life to the single most anti-abortion state in the U.S.
A quick rundown of the policies he’s implemented:
- Cancelled Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid contract. (Luckily Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals had the decency to offer up some 2,000 health care providers which could step in and assume the role of Planned Parenthood, never-mind that about 1,970 of the names on the list were actually dermatologists, dentists and cosmetic surgeons)
- Prior to receiving an abortion, all women must first be subject to an ultrasound. The physician is required by law to make the heartbeat audible to the patient as well as to describe what the ultrasound is showing.
- A law which filled most areas of outpatient medical centers with information concerning groups and agencies which can aid in supporting the baby if the woman chooses to carry it until birth. Many of the resources provided are religious-affiliated pro-life groups.
- A ban of abortions after 20 weeks, no exemption for women who are the victim of incest or rape.
And now a look at how Louisiana’s health stats compare to the rest of the U.S., courtesy of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- HIV infections: 39th
- Syphilis infections: 47th
- Chlamydia infections: 46th (infections are almost three times higher in women than in men)
- Gonorrheal infections: 48th
Here’s the real kicker though:
Louisiana saw a 12 percent increase in the number of abortions performed between 2010 and 2014, one of only two states in the U.S. to see an increase in abortions.
A big thank you to Bobby Jindal for summing up the utter failure of so-called ‘pro-life’ policies in America. The ironic part is that if Jindal and others are so determined to stop abortions in this country then they should be all for funding organizations like Planned Parenthood, where 35 percent of total activities revolve around sex education and providing contraception. Instead what they’ve succeeded in doing is compromising the health of thousands of women, all while the number of abortions increase.
Well played guys, well played indeed.