Republicans have once again interfered with a woman’s right to receive safe, accessible medical treatment. This time, it’s female military vets that are suffering at the hands of the ever-ignorant GOP.
On Wednesday, a bill that would have given female military veterans access to fertility treatments and counseling was pulled off the table at the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee due to the Republican crusade to destroy Planned Parenthood. The bill was proposed by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who wanted to introduce legislation to end a ban on fertility treatments for female vets being treated in VA hospitals. However, she decided to yank the bill after Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) attached amendments that maliciously pushed back against Planned Parenthood as well as other family planning organizations. That’s right – Republicans ruined lady vets’ chances of having children because of their never-ending grudge against Planned Parenthood, an organization that keeps women healthy and safe. Talk about having your priorities out of order.
Tillis defended his amendments, claiming that the VA should fix its current health system problems instead of starting new programs. Speaking out against Murray’s bill, he said, “I’m concerned that we have a problem with priorities. I’m concerned that maybe the focus isn’t where it needs to be to make sure that we take care of the most pressing problems for our veterans.”
Making reference to a now-debunked video about Planned Parenthood, one of the amendments Tillis introduced would prevent the VA from helping organizations that “take aborted babies’ organs and sell them.” Earlier this month, Republicans released a heavily doctored sting video that made it seem like a Planned Parenthood official confessed that the organization was profiting from selling fetal tissue. This video was proven to be false, but blatant lies and ignorance have never stopped a Republican before.