The New York Times reporter, Nicholas Kristof wrote a very important column recently about the health of women in the U.S. I knew there were many problems, but didn't realize what a terrible blow Republicans have dealt to women's health. Mr. Kristof stated that Title X, the national family planning program, now receives less than one-third of the money that it did in 1980. Yet our population has increased. He says "that a woman dies of cervical cancer almost once every two hours". With the marked decrease of funding to Planned Parenthood, where these cancers could be detected and the closing of many Planned Parenthood Clinics more and more women will die. The reporter noted that "Title X-supported clinics prevent three women a day from dying of cervical cancer and also prevent one million unplanned pregnancies a year and 345, 000 abortions." Yet, I am sure if the Republicans had their way they would get rid of the Title X supported clinics.
Women who are faced with domestic violence need tremendous help and yet we don't have enough hotlines for them to call or safe places they can be taken. They need medical and financial help and counseling to help them develop enough strength to get away from their abusers. Children, too, can be caught in the middle when abuse occurs and they also need help. One of the things the Democrats having been trying to do is for abusers to be prevented from buying guns. Once again, I am not sure the Republicans will allow this. Perhaps if they had a friend or family member who was being abused they would understand the scope of the problem and do something about it.