I’ve heard of some pretty bad ideas by Republicans, but this one is not only the cruelest but also the dumbest one yet. The Oklahoma GOP is attempting to change the Oklahoma nutrition bill so that independent contractors, such as Planned Parenthood, could not give out food vouchers to poor women and children. THAT’S RIGHT. THEY WANT TO STOP WOMEN WHO HAD BABIES AND DIDN’T GET ABORTIONS FROM EATING.
Woo, glad I got that out of my system. Now to the details
as reported by the Huffington Post:
In order to stop Planned Parenthood from being able to distribute them, lawmakers in Oklahoma are mulling legislation that would make nutrition vouchers inaccessible to thousands of low-income mothers.
The federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides federal grants to states for food vouchers, regular check-ups and nutrition education for low-income pregnant women and mothers of young children. The state distributes the funds through nine independent contractors, including Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, which is based in Tulsa, Okla.
But state Rep. Jason Murphey (R), disturbed by Planned Parenthood’s abortion referral services, moved to amend the nutrition bill so that no independent contractors could administer the program.
“We need to ensure that we’re not keeping clinics open on taxpayer dollars when one of their main emphases is abortion referrals,” he told HuffPost.
By cutting WIC funding to Planned Parenthood, which administers the program for some 9,300 low-income women and children a year, and eight other independent contractors in Tulsa, the amendment would hinder many local women’s ability to afford nutritional food for their toddlers.
These vouchers go to fresh produce,eggs, and milk. Maybe Rep. Jason Murphey missed it they are giving out food vouchers, they aren’t handing out free vouchers for abortions! So from what I’ve gathered the Republicans in Oklahoma are saying to their constituents, “Well THANK GOD you didn’t get an abortion, instead we’ll just let your kid starve to death.” Good one guys!
And I wonder who elects these people?
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