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Friday, December 26, 2008

But just try to get an abortion or other family planning services at one
Posted by Jill | 5:41 AM
This fellatory puff piece in the New York Times lauding how George W. Bush "Has Built Foundation for Improved Health Care" (as the browser bar in the online edition crows) doesn't mention once how, as federally-funded clinics, these places may refuse to perform or refer for pregnancy termination or refuse to prescribe or refer contraception if the "consciences" of their employees so dictate.
Although the number of uninsured and the cost of coverage have ballooned under his watch, President Bush leaves office with a health care legacy in bricks and mortar: he has doubled federal financing for community health centers, enabling the creation or expansion of 1,297 clinics in medically underserved areas.

For those in poor urban neighborhoods and isolated rural areas, including Indian reservations, the clinics are often the only dependable providers of basic services like prenatal care, childhood immunizations, asthma treatments, cancer screenings and tests for sexually transmitted diseases.

No mention of family planning services. Prenatal care, yes. But if you do not feel you can afford children, you are out of luck, especially now that Christofascist Zombie Brigade members who work in these clinics get to decide based on their religious beliefs (regardless of YOURS, of course) what care you get. Of course this is not mentioned in this article, now that the Grey Lady has decided it feels badly about how hard it's been on poor Georgie (like mindlessly reprinting Judith Miller's shameless shilling for the Administration on the Iraq War while virtually ignoring the Administration's lying once until the lies became too big to ignore) and is clearly jumping on board the Bush Legacy Project. Perhaps like the rest of the media, they've decided to help topple Barack Obama with innuendo about Rod Blagojevic, and getting ready for to help elect President Jeb Bush in 2012. After all, what's another few years of paralyzed government with two wars and a recession that are the REAL Bush legacy when there's [nonexistent] scandal to be pursued when the President is a Democrat in the name of putting yet someone else in this godawful family in the White House?

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Blogger Bob said...
Just ask the question: Would Al Gore have done this & done it better? Of course.