The Trump administration’s plan to defund Planned Parenthood would prevent millions of women from getting crucial healthcare services that have little to do with abortions, writes the editorial board of The New York Times. Planned Parenthood’s clinics provide birth control, pap smears and STD tests among many beneficial medical services. Crucially, Title X, the government program that allows poor women to afford health screenings for cancer and provides contraception, does not fund abortions. Federal funding for them is banned in many states. President Trump’s changes would deny many low-income women essential medical services.
Taxpayer money should not pay for abortions; President Trump is right to stop the federal funding of Planned Parenthood, asserts the Washington Examiner in an editorial. The organization already does well financially and this reduction in its profits will not stop it from providing abortions. Instead, this money will go to other medical centers, improving the healthcare that women across the country have access to. Trump is also ensuring that Planned Parenthood complies with laws on reporting sexual crimes. Some of its workers have ignored cases where minors were abused and even encouraged underage girls to lie about their age.