Last month, Texas state lawmakers inspired a justified fuss in their decision to defund Planned Parenthood and in case you were wondering why, among many other reasons this could possibly relate to the state’s senate finance committee’s new plan to offer $4 billion in tax cuts to homeowners and businesses approved last session. The decision to defund Planned Parenthood was transparently political, a sort of retaliation for the organization’s abortion services (funded without federal dollars) that will ironically probably only result in more abortions, but tellingly enough as it slashes funding for reproductive health Texas will simultaneously cut taxes for the wealthy.
As Congress itself is poised to pretty much do same, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Republican lawmakers would rather invest in the rich getting richer to the detriment of the economy as a whole, and largely at the expense of women across the nation who will be unable to access reproductive healthcare and become exponentially more susceptible to unwanted pregnancies.
The fact that in Kentucky, creating legislation to discourage abortion without offering any actual means, i.e. wider access to contraception and sexual health education, to combat unwanted pregnancy, is literally the state’s #1 priority (next to weakening unions), but funding to ensure actual living children and families have access to healthcare, shelter, and food isn’t, reveals a lot about their real goals — shaming women, sliding more money over to the rich, etc. — not ~~~saving the babies~~~.
My point (because yes, I swear I have one and this post wasn’t just some tangential rant about how intersectionally awful Republicans are being) is that there’s a pattern here that’s gone overlooked for far too long. Reproductive rights — from how poor women are essentially denied abortions through the Hyde amendment, to the lack of economic support given women forced to have children they weren’t planning for, all while the rich get richer. Just a casual observation.