Will Gardner slip by reporters again on Planned Parenthood?

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner built his political career in Colorado, and rallied grassroots Republican support, by opposing abortion, even for rape and incest. Part of that, of course, has meant that he’s opposed and vilified Planned Parenthood.

Now it appears that the Senate’s Obamacare-replacement legislation would remove federal funds for Planned Parenthood, just like the House version did.

And you’d expect Gardner to be fully on board with this.

After he voted to defund Planned Parenthood two years ago, Gardner said,

“We voted to take the money from Planned Parenthood and distribute it to the community health clinics around the state of Colorado,” Gardner told KNUS 710-AM’s Dan Caplis in 2015.

He said the move would provide “more access” to men and women across the state, even though many low-income woman want to go to Planned Parenthood clinics for specific and understandable reasons, like privacy, trust, and convenience.

And even though no federal funds are used for abortions at Planned Parenthood, the organization provides abortions. In contrast, community health centers don’t offer abortion services that many woman obviously want available at their clinic of choice in the year 2017.

But Gardner apparently doesn’t think women care. When confronted with his extreme anti-choice positions during the 2014 election, Gardner responded by saying Democrat Mark Udall was trying to “distract voters” from the real issues.

Now Gardner should face the same question from reporters. Does he think women in Colorado care about Planned Parenthood? About the U.S. Senate’s and the Republican Party’s assault on abortion rights?

Gardner may try to say his opposition to Planned Parenthood isn’t about opposition to Planned Parenthood, just like he tried to say, during his last election campaign, that his support of abortion-ban legislation wasn’t support for an abortion ban.

Despite heroic efforts by journalists to untangle Gardner’s wordpile on his support for an abortion ban, packaged at the time as “personhood,” Gardner got away with it. He’s Colorado’s Senator.

Will he slip by again on Planned Parenthood?

4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ModeratusModeratus says:

    Congrats to my pro-life Senator.

  2. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    I'm not sure what you're asking, or what you're describing.

    Gardner directly answered my question at one of his tele-town halls that he is on the record as being pro-life, and by preventing federally insured patients from using their Medicaid benefits at the clinic of their choice (Planned Parenthood,) other federally qualified clinics can get a piece of the pie. That answer is of course a total misdirection.  Nothing stops these patients from going to those clinics now except for the lack of resources, expertise, and patient trust on these matters, all of which Planned Parenthood has in spades.

    In reality, in the rural and medically underserved counties where PP operates, they are the only federally qualified provider in 20% of counties, and provide more than 50% of the federally reimbursed reproductive care in fully two-thirds. Despite claims about the thousands of FQHC's (dentists, school nurses) which can step in to take Planned Parenthood's place, they cant.  

    When Texas eliminated Planned Parenthood and rejected Medicaid funding, long-acting contraceptive use fell, and births to low-income women rose (big surprise, right?!?) The CBO scored the house version of TrumpCare, and predicted a similar effect. With the Medicaid cuts in the bills, those women and children will find obtaining prenatal and pediatric care more difficult, and some of them will die as a result. Leading the way in this trend, Texas now has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world.

    Of course, more poor women without access to contraception will only increase the demand for abortion, so those Planned Parenthood centers providing abortions for cash, at rates set by the free market will find their business booming.  It's not complicated to understand how this won't reduce abortions. It is complicated to understand how seemingly intelligent people think this accomplishes any of their goals.

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