Friday, January 21, 2011

Snip-Snip-Snipping Away: Republicans And the Budget Deficit

The Republican proposal for budget cuts makes for fun reading. The proposals would save very little money but would have the benefit of cutting attempts to create green energy and also public transportation. Plus the usual subjects would be cut: Anything having to do with arts and such.

Now, these things are not particularly gender-linked but I can't help noticing that they might be coded feminine in the wingnut rule-book. War-related funding will not be touched at all and that codes masculine. All that is most likely a coincidence.

This is not, however: The proposal would cut 318 million annually from Title X Family Planning. I cannot find the current funding figures for the Office of Population Affairs but the 2007 figures suggest that these savings would mean abolishing the office altogether.

Just as a reminder, this is what Title X does:
The Title X Family Planning program ["Population Research and Voluntary Family Planning Programs" (Public Law 91-572)], was enacted in 1970 as Title X of the Public Health Service Act. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services. The Title X program is designed to provide access to contraceptive services, supplies and information to all who want and need them. By law, priority is given to persons from low-income families.
So it's an anti-contraception move. Which makes no sense at all, given the right-wing's opposition to abortion. That's what would go up if unintended pregnancies can't be prevented.