Keeping with the theme of my beloved Connections, I give you the following…
Immoral Healthcare Cuts + Missouri Conservatives on the Hunt + the Show Me State Governor from Hell = Women denied access to Cancer Screenings?
Two words say it all - Matt Blunt.
Okay, so it should come as no surprise that this bitch can not stand the current nightmare on two legs that is Missouri’s Governor, Matt Blunt. His version of family values has resulted in my mentally disabled brother no longer having dental coverage (and I soooo look forward to teaching his autistic self how to deal with dentures…not) and my brother no longer having the option to work within the community (because Gawd forbid autistic adults earn $100 a month contributing to society…who knew Bill was such a money hungry spend-monster?). Add to that the fact that his train-wreck of an administration has set about destroying social programs whilst doing little to nothing to promote job growth, the economy, infrastructure, the environment or education.
No doubt about it…he’s an asshole!
So we have Matt Blunt.
Matt, in support of his so-called family values, cut over 100,000 working poor Missourians off of Medicaid. Many of these cuts impacted rural families.
So working women who do not get healthcare through their jobs lost healthcare through Medicaid, which would have saved us all money since it costs a hell of a lot more money to treat than to prevent…but Matt is not one to opt for logic.
Which connects to Missouri Conservatives ongoing jihad against Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood provides affordable healthcare to women including STD screenings and cancer screenings. Conservatives are more concerned with the fact that some Planned Parenthood locations provide abortion services.
To be honest, these people dislike the entire family planning thang…birth control, emergency contraception, sex education and abortion services. They are at war with the notion of planned parenthood.
Now connect that with the cuts Matt made to Medicaid and you’ll see a picture develop. Women cut from Medicaid were going to Planned Parenthood for screenings and healthcare.
After the cuts more women were seeking healthcare through these providers.
Missouri Conservatives weren’t trying to hear that and called Matt I owe them my political life Blunt…who announced that funding for Planned Parenthood to provide free cancer screenings through a state program has been cut.
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt (R) announced Monday that he will end funding to Planned Parenthood offices for a program that provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women. The money that went to the "Show Me Healthy Women" program -- a play on the "Show Me" state's motto -- will now go to other organizations because "patients should not have to go to an abortion clinic to access lifesaving tests," Blunt asserted. (Feminist Daily News Wire)
Never mind that the facilities getting the funding from this program did not provide abortion services.
Never mind that early detection of cancer is the key to survival.
And never fucking mind that these women are mothers, sisters, wives and partners and that this move is without defense given the already unacceptable healthcare conditions facing too many of my sisters in rural Missouri.
Lawd, have mercy!
If you’re a Missourian let your elected officials know how you feel about this.
And y'all be sure to let Matt Blunt know how you feel about this too.
"Promoting a culture of life" my angry black ass...