This past Tuesday, Gov. Deal signed a bill, which allows the state of Georgia to fund anti-abortion clinics, into law. Georgia has 70 anti-abortion “clinics,” however, only 40 are licensed to give medical care — and most of those don’t offer all of the services a pregnant woman needs.
The sole purpose of these centers is to dissuade women from getting an abortion and they use a variety of tactics to do so. The people who run these centers scare, misinform and lie to women looking for help during a pregnancy. They prey on the vulnerable and disguise themselves as legitimate medical clinics with sly advertisements and false promises. Once they catch their prey they pressure women into continuing with the pregnancy at all costs.
So why is the state of Georgia giving two million dollars of taxpayer money to these centers? For starters, the bill was championed by Sen. Renee Unterman, the same person who fought against testing rape kits (and who, apparently, is not a fan of women’s rights). Sen. Unterman and the Georgia Life Alliance worked together on this unnecessary bill to further hinder women from making their own important choices. But, to deny the political undertones in the passage of bill would be irresponsible. This bill has less to do with babies and more to do with Planned Parenthood.
Recently, Planned Parenthood has received a tremendous amount of criticism due to a very popular, but completely fraudulent, video, which anti-abortion activists claimed showed the organization selling fetal tissue for profit. In the past year, the Georgia Department of Health has cut funding for the organization that helps women, men and young people, but the state is able to find two million dollars to fund ill-equipped centers that bully and lie to women.
Georgia conservatives have made it clear that they will not be ignored. They continue to make laws that only benefit their own egos and out-of-touch sense of self-righteousness and they choose to ignore the damage their backwards policies will do to women. Forget about the wasted money; what about the women going into these centers, placing trust in people who do not actually care about their well-being? Women in this position are making life-changing decisions and they deserve to be well-informed on the choices they make — whatever those choices may be.