After voting on a bill that would directly affect women’s health care in the state of Ohio, Ohio Senate president and the bill’s sponsor Keith Faber said, “This bill is not about women’s health care.”
What he meant to say was: “My reason for bringing this bill to a vote is not about women’s health care.”
Because the bill, of course, is very much about women’s health care. It would stop about $1.3 million in state funds from going to Planned Parenthood. It would also dictate that federal money for a spectrum of health services — HIV screenings, cervical and breast cancer programs — only be given to organizations that don’t provide or contract with organizations that provide abortions. As a reminder, Planned Parenthood has 28 locations across Ohio. Only 3, for a variety of reasons, provide abortions.
Anti-choicers down in the USA have fired up a new talking point: it’s OK to defund Planned Parenthood because you can get the same care they provide elsewhere. One anti-choice group took the next step, and created a list of alternatives to Planned Parenthood. That list is…. illuminating.
“This is a jail,” the receptionist said. The reporter asked whether people from the community could nonetheless make appointments at the facility for a breast exam, a Pap smear, or a test for sexually transmitted infections. “Ma’am, this is a jail,” she said again, before suggesting that the reporter contact doctors’ offices nearby.
Indeed, most people would consider it unusual to pick a corrections facility if they were in the market for a breast exam. But that’s exactly what is suggested by a new website launched last month by some of the nation’s most prominent anti-choice groups.
The site, GetYourCare.org, is registered to the Alliance Defense Fund, a deep-pocketed fundamentalist Christian group based in Phoenix, Arizona, now known as the Alliance Defending Freedom. Other sponsors of the site include Concerned Women for America, the Susan B. Anthony List and the Family Research Council. Together, these groups have played leading roles in either promoting or bankrolling some of the most significant anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ campaigns and lawsuits of the last few years.
The anti-choice movement is so disconnected from reality that they think public medical care can be handled by
hundreds of elementary, middle, and high schools; clinics that provide care for homeless people; nursing homes; pediatrics centers; and even the D.C. jail. RH Reality Check called and emailed hundreds of the facilities listed on the map, and discovered that many of their spokespeople were bewildered by the notion that women would be directed to their facilities for reproductive health services.
School officials, in particular, were confused that they would be asked to provide reproductive and sexual health services to the general population. The GetYourCare site explains that there are over 600 schools listed because they “have been identified as providing girls’ and women’s health care services at ‘school-based health centers’ on location. Thus, the school serves as a very real option for girls and young women in the area who need healthcare.”
In fact, virtually none of the 60 schools RH Reality Check contacted from the list said they provide health care to girls and women in the community.
The anti-choice movement has no problem with mis-directing people about where they can get health care. They don’t care about the monetary cost of defunding PP, they don’t care about the suffering they’re putting fully grown human beings through, they don’t even care about reducing the number of abortions, they can only fixate on their fetish about fetuses.