War On Women

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

Written by SK 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.