Monday, September 21, 2015

Robert Reich: Why not to defund Planned Parenthood

It's the economy, stupid.

... elected members of Congress should be held to a standard of responsible public service.

Yet last Friday, the House voted 241-187 to block Planned Parenthood’s federal funds for a year.

This may lead to another government shutdown. Funding for the government runs out at the end of the month, and several dozen House Republicans have said they won’t vote for a funding bill that includes money for Planned Parenthood.

This is, quite frankly, nuts.

A strong moral case can be made that any society that respects women must respect their right to control their own bodies.

There’s also an important economic case for effective family planning.

Public investments in family planning—enabling women to plan, delay, or avoid pregnancy– make economic sense because reproductive rights are also productive rights.

Read his blog post for the details of his economic argument. I'll let him have the last word.

The attack on Planned Parenthood is not just morally wrong. It’s also economically stupid.

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