War On Women

Jeb Bush Calls for Defunding Planned Parenthood and “Women’s Health Issues”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We know better, but most Republicans counter claims that they're waging a war on women by saying they only want to defund Planned Parenthood and divert the money to another organization.

Jeb Bush did say we could divert the money to another organization, but he also said we spend too much on women's health.

BUSH: “The next president should defund Planned Parenthood. The argument against this is, well women’s health issues, you’re attacking, it’s a war on women, and you’re attacking women’s health issues. You could take dollar for dollar, although I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues, but if you took dollar for dollar there are many extraordinary fine organizations, community health organizations, that exist to provide quality care for women on wide variety of health issues. But abortion should not be funded by the government, any government, in my mind.”

There it is.

As others have pointed out, spending half a billion dollars on women's health issues means we only spend about $3 per woman in the country. That's not much, but apparently it's too much for Jeb "the Smart One" Bush.

The money we spend on women's health does not only have an impact on women, it also has an impact on their families. Planned Parenthood is a social safety net in much same way Medicaid is.

  • japa21

    If Jeb really believe this crap, why did he willingly serve on the board of directors of the Bloomberg Foundation, which quite openly has three main goals: protecting voting rights, restricting gun ownership and protecting a woman’s right to choose?

  • Aynwrong

    “there are many extraordinary fine organizations, community health organizations, that exist to provide quality care for women on wide variety of health issues.”
    ~ The smart one

    Name them or shut up!

  • Christopher Foxx

    But abortion should not be funded by the government

    It isn’t.

  • Christopher Foxx

    there are many extraordinary fine organizations, community health organizations, that exist to provide quality care for women on wide variety of health issues.

    Like, say,… Planned Parenthood, for example?

  • muselet

    Jeb Bush knows better.

    He knows perfectly well Planned Parenthood serves the underserved, knows perfectly well no federal money goes to pay for abortions, knows perfectly well the loss of Planned Parenthood clinics would cut off some (many?) poor and working-class people from healthcare entirely, knows perfectly well community health centers are incapable of taking on the patients currently served by Planned Parenthood.

    But he has to pretend he doesn’t know any of those things because The Base hates! Planned Parenthood because, well, they’re not entirely sure but they know in their heart of hearts there’s something icky going on there.

    Jebbie isn’t pandering any more than any of the other GOP candidates, but somehow his pandering is more irritating.

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      But he has to pretend he doesn’t know any of those things because The Base hates! Planned Parenthood

      And Jeb Bush wants to be the kind of leader that follows.