Mainstream media, Planned Parenthood and Hollywood elitists fail to save federally funded abortions.
Numerous outlets reported a planned “Pink Out” on social media for March 29th.
Various Hollywood actresses promoted and participated in the event. Supporters of PP were to share “selfies”, photos, or social media posts with the color pink. This symbolized opposition Congress’ plans to cut Title X funding to PP.
Hashtag #PinkOut boasted participants such as Elizabeth Banks and Charlize Theron.
What is Title X and what does it mean for women?
Title X is a series of grants and research opportunities provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Title X grants were originally for enhancement family planning services and other preventive health services. These services typically included birth control, sexually transmitted disease screenings, prevention, and treatments and existed since the 1970’s.
However, the Obama administration used it’s influence to prohibit states from diverting Title X funds from providers who supply abortions.
In effect, the Obama administration forced states to fund abortions regardless of the wishes of those residents.
National Review noted last year;
“The Health and Human Services regulation said states could not use “criteria in their selection of subrecipients that are unrelated to the ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner.”
This formulation made it impossible for states to defund abortion providers, because those clinics are said to “deliver services . . . in an effective manner.” It’s worth noting, too, that the regulation could easily be interpreted as preventing states from funding crisis-pregnancy centers and other clinics that don’t provide abortions.”
The Obama adminstration actions prevented states from using the funds to support other areas that provided the same services. The directive was a play on words that essentially eliminated more comprehensive services by community health centers since they did not perform abortions or “services” in an “efficient manner.”
By pulling money from community centers for abortions, entire families were harmed. There are finite monies, and forcing states to spend money on abortion providers, limited monies available to other services.
So how effective was the Pink Out?
Hollywood has not learned their lesson from the past election or their attempts to influence the Electoral College. Not surprising, the Pink Out had no effect on the outcome of Title X funding vote.
Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate to stop forcing states to favor Planned Parenthood with Title X funding over other services.
Pence cast the decisive vote in a 51-50 roll call. Residents of Alaska and Maine should take special note of Republican senators, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins, joined Democrats opposing the measure.
The mainstream media and PP want Americans to think that services were cut to women, this is blatantly untrue.
The fact is, if abortions were not a money generating product, abortions would be hard to get, like a pager or a VCR.
The States should choose how to best meet the needs of their residents. Services should be comprehensive, not eliminate crisis pregnancy centers, as done by Obama, and should include sexual health services for men. Focusing on one provider of services, that only provide services to women, and often have clinics that provide only abortions, is the real disservice to women, and their families.
Americans are smarter than movies stars waving pink banners on social media. Do your research and support your congressmen and women and these changes. We deserve better. All of us deserve better.