Jeb Bush Defunded Planned Parenthood…Here’s What Happened

Grandpa Bush helped catapult Planned Parenthood (PP) to what it is today. Papa Bush defended Planned Parenthood so rigorously in Congress he was nicknamed “Rubbers” by his colleagues.

Jeb Bush defunded Planned Parenthood as governor of Florida, and all hell broke loose.

In 2001, just two years into his governorship, Bush cut over $300,000 from women’s health services through PP. That money he cut had been provided each year to Planned Parenthood for more than a decade. Here’s what the state got in return for $300k:

  • By 2014, the Center for Reproductive Rights released an evaluation that showed Florida tied with Arkansas and Oklahoma for the worst state for a women’s well-being.
  • The uninsured rate for women ballooned to 25%, coming in second to Texas.
  • Approximately 20% of women are found to be in fair, poor or ill health. Florida ranks 13th in that category out of all states and territories.
  • Approximately 20% of women do not have access to a personal doctor, physician, or general healthcare provider, three percentage points higher than the national average.
  • Florida ranks 46th in the number of women who have had a pap smear in the last 3 years.
  • Twenty-three of Florida’s 67 counties lack an OB-GYN, based on a 2014 survey
  • By 2030, demand for women’s healthcare providers will fall 18% short while the female population will increase by 50%
  • In most parts of Florida, women must travel more than an hour just to see a doctor

This is the guy who wants to defund Planned Parenthood on the national stage. This is guy who thinks that the $500 million spent on women’s healthcare is way too much. This guy wants to be President of the United States. Yet he has the gall to deny women their fundamental right to healthcare and abortion.

One out of every five women have used Planned Parenthood at some point for their healthcare services. What would the national numbers look like if Jeb Bush succeeded in defunding this vital service for so many women?

What Jeb Bush did to women’s healthcare in Florida is the very definition of disgusting.

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