Okay, welfare queens, pick your uterus up by it bootstraps

Today, March 8th, marks the 100th celebration of International Women’s Day.  And what better day to point  out that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal would eliminate all state funding for family planning services for low-income people.  That’s right, apparently the math in Governor Walker’s mind tells him that the state funding condoms and generic versions of orto-tri-cyclen costs more than the state funding life-long public assistance programs for unwanted children.  That’s our gov, always using his big brain!

Here’s the thing, as with many of the Governor’s proposals, this brain-dead logic has nothing to do with the cost to run a program, but has everything to do with complying with the GOP’s national platform.  Walker is in fact just copying the “big boys” in Washington D.C.  The GOP is attempting to rile up its Pro-Life base for 2012 by claiming that their move to defund Planned Parenthood and family planning clinics is really a move to stop the public funding of abortion.  But what Scott Walker and his D.C. counterparts ignore is that federal and state laws already prohibit the public funding of abortion.

But that’s not stopping local pro-lifers from backing these measures.  From the Capital Times:

Federal law, however, prohibits the use of federal dollars for abortion services, as does Wisconsin law, so none of the funds targeted in Walker’s budget are used to fund abortion services.

Barbara Lyons, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life, nevertheless insists that Planned Parenthood uses taxpayer dollars to help “underwrite” its abortion practices.

But isn’t the whole point of family planning and contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies and, subsequently, abortions? Aren’t these pro-lifers actually backing policies that give them more of what they don’t want?

Like most poorly-reasoned Republican base-bating proposals, Scott Walker’s proposal will have dire consequences in Wisconsin.  Walker’s anti-family planning budget will cut numerous critical public health programs for low-income families in our state, which actually makes Wisconsin vulnerable to losing millions in federal matching dollars. Further, Walker’s proposals will restrict low-income people’s access to health care and will limit their ability to plan when and how to have children:

Sara Finger, executive director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, says about 50 centers around the state would be affected by the elimination of family planning dollars. These centers, which treat men and women, provide cervical, breast and prostate screenings, sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment and access to birth control.

Walker’s budget proposal, she says, “has the threat of dismantling the family planning infrastructure in the state.”

One thing can be said about Governor Walker’s budget, his plan to cut family planning,  disease testing and treatment certainly holds fast to the national GOP platform: Big government in the bedroom, little government where you actually need it.

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