for women only. (Are those clinics free to push Viagra?)

House GOP Bans County Health Clinics From Providing Birth Control
By Roy Temple
Created 03/16/2006

Yesterday, during debate on HB1010, the budget for the Departments of Health and Mental Health, House Republicans voted to ban county health clinics from providing family planning services. [1]

So the GOP has finally come clean that they are opposed to contraception. They used to argue that they opposed family planning because Planned Parenthood played a role. But now the GOP has targeted family planning provided by the county health clinics. Their action is a direct attack on women’s access to traditional family planning services.

The amendment, offered by Rep. Susan Phillips (R-Kansas City) removed “voluntary choice of contraception, including natural family planning” as one of the permissible services that county health clinics could provide with state funding.

A few weeks ago when I wrote about Governor Matt Blunt and Senator Jason Crowell’s opposition to birth control [2], some Fired Up! readers thought I was surely exaggerating. But now the GOP’s real agenda of making family planning more difficult has been laid bare for all to see.

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