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Wed May 24, 2017, 11:09 AM

Pro-Life Trump Budget Reeks of Hypocrisy

NARAL Missouri‏ @NARALMissouri 43m43 minutes ago

Trump’s budget proposal builds on the cruel blueprint his administration released in March. http://ow.ly/Kolg30c07oU @chgrimaldi

‘Pro-Life’ Trump Budget ‘Reeks’ of Hypocrisy


May 23, 2017, 5:37pm Christine Grimaldi

The president's 2018 budget proposal recommends the gutting of Medicaid and other public assistance programs while cutting all funding for Planned Parenthood.


President Trump's 2018 budget proposal breaks myriad campaign promises.

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President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal amounts to a “pro-life” wish list restricting access to reproductive health care while bludgeoning social safety nets that sustain life for people with nowhere else to turn.

The Trump budget targets Planned Parenthood, the only health-care provider for many Medicaid beneficiaries, especially those in rural areas, to access contraception, cancer screenings, sexually transmitted infection testing, and more—a wide range of services minus the abortion care prohibited under the discriminatory Hyde Amendment. The budget converts Medicaid to a block grant program, a shift that could do “irreparable damage” to the nation’s safety net of family planning providers.

Trump is defying his hands-off-Medicaid campaign pledge. His plan instead axes $610 billion from Medicaid over ten years on top of the assumption that Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives succeed in ushering their American Health Care Act’s $880 billion in Medicaid cuts into law. Trump’s budget chief Mick Mulvaney told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that Medicaid is better suited to the “urban poor” than the “rural poor” in what’s known as a dog whistle or racially coded distinction about who deserves health-care benefits.


“Any administration’s budgets reflect its priorities, and Donald Trump’s budget makes clear his view that women and children are at the bottom of the barrel,” NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in the organization’s statement. “By gutting the programs that help the most vulnerable women and families, this so-called pro-life administration would make life unbearable for those most in need.”

Trump’s budget proposal builds on the “cruel” blueprint his administration released in March. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, or welfare, would take a $21.6 billion hit over ten years; the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, a nearly $191 billion hit thanks to the threat of work requirements that research shows don’t work. Even a stab at what the budget’s executive summary defined as a “fully paid-for proposal to provide six weeks of paid family leave to new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents” appears unworkable based on Trump’s campaign proposal.

“We are not placated or fooled by the inclusion of so-called paid family leave in this budget proposal,” the grassroots group MomsRising said in a statement. ...........................................

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