Republicans trying to defund planned parenthood

Katherine - posted on 03/10/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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The latest Republican plot to completely federally defund Planned Parenthood is stupid shocking enough when we consider the fact that, by law, no federal funds at Planned Parenthood are used to fund abortions. However, conservatives still want to wage a war against Planned Parenthood, most likely because they do offer safe access to abortion, as well as a full range of other reproductive healthcare services, so they are swaying the debate in a different direction. Yep, now the war against Planned Parenthood brings into question the morality of providing access to medically accurate sex education, particularly for young women. Huh?

Oh, that's right, sex education = sex promotion. Give me a frickin' break ...

Over the weekend, I tuned into Latino USA on NPR to hear Silvia Henriquez, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute of Reproductive Health and Alfonso Aguilar, Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles debate the proposed cuts to Planned Parenthood. Aguilar was on a conservative rampage against what he deemed the "promiscuous" teachings of Planned Parenthood. He believes that Planned Parenthood, by merely existing, is stripping the rights of parents to teach their children about sex in a way that meshes with their family and religious values.

Is he insane? Does he know Planned Parenthood doesn't go door to door? That they don't set up tables on high school campuses? Has he stopped to consider that if a young teenage girl takes the time to find an office and makes her way across town and is standing in line at Planned Parenthood seeking information, her parent's home-based sex education class probably has already failed her. Is turning these young women away or not being there for them in the first place really the "right" and "moral" thing to do in this day and age.

Aguilar's not the only one on this bandwagon to ban sex and birth control education outside the home and church. Alternet points out a few other conservative politicians taking this point of view:

* Rep. Steve King rails against Planned Parenthood they are “invested in promiscuity.”
* Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity argues that abortion is wrong because teenage girls shouldn't be making out in the back seats of cars in the first place.
* Gov. Scott Walker tries to eliminate contraception coverage (but not erectile dysfunction medication) on the grounds of “morality."

Um, what country are these guys living in because I sure thought this was the United States where every person is entitled to an education, sex education or otherwise. Knowledge is power, no? But somehow these men want to keep young women from that power.

Well, unfortunately, this is only going to make matters worse -- because keeping young women "stupid" about sex isn't helping anyone. The more we put young women in charge of their bodies and their sexuality, the smarter choices they can make. Cutting sex education and access to birth control is simply going to lead to more unwanted pregnancies and up the abortion rates. And abortion services aside, cutting off trusted access to the pap smears, breast exams, contraception, and STD testing and treatment Planned Parenthood provides is a really bad idea for everyone.

How dare conservatives propose to take away the women of our nation's right to these services, based on the perspective of their own moral high ground. How dare they propose to take away our rights and deem it for our own good. I'll decide what's for my own good, thank you very much. And when my kids are teenagers, if my own brand of in-home sex education somehow fails my kids, I'll be happy to know they'll have access to trained professionals at Planned Parenthood, rather than just their peers and the freaks on MTV.

Fellas, please stop. Go home and run your own families in whatever way you see fit, and leave Planned Parenthood to do its important and necessary work for women across the country.

Do you think we should federally defund Planned Parenthood even though no federal funding goes toward abortion services. Why or why not?



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Rosie - posted on 03/10/2011

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seriously the people that support this (i can only imagine they would be ALL conservative) are loony. this will only increase abortion rates in my opinion since people aren't going to have proper access to affordable birth control, or education.
it seems like the republican party is obsessed with millionaires, men, and foreign countries. hardly anything a "real" american wants, yet these are the people that wave the flag proudly and balk at anyone who doesn't agree with them. they are so far off base it's almost laughable, if it wasn't so damn sad, and damaging to the people of my country.

Sara - posted on 03/10/2011

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The repercussions are that people who claim to be so "pro-life" will reduce the availability of prenatal care to poor women or women without insurance, which in turn will lead to higher rates of infant mortality. We've come full circle, folks. It KILLS me that they can't see this!

Sara - posted on 03/10/2011

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The mere idea that these 'thugs' are targeting useful social programs like planned parenthood and headstart just cements my utter disgust towards them.



I think this surge in non- jobs related rhetoric by the GOP is a means of deflecting the fact that they have no real agenda other than rallying their base and trying to defeat Obama in 2012.



By focusing on bills that play only on the ignorance and fears of their supporters­, they get a win here and there, but at the same time destroy programs that benefit the underserve­d and tread on basic rights of many in this country. It basically just proves to me that they are misogynisitc bastards.

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Kati and Laura - you guys posted exactly what I was going to say :)

Ditto what Kati and Laura said...

Isobel - posted on 03/10/2011

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I think it's interesting that a group that claims to be pro-life and anti-welfare are, in one swift move, upping the number of abortions AND the number of young single mothers on welfare :\

Jennifer - posted on 03/10/2011

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also, this is crazy. planned parenthood is such an important institution. shit would get FUCKED up if they cut funding.

Jennifer - posted on 03/10/2011

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would someone be able to point me in the direction of a reliable source stating that PP cannot use federal money for abortions? my husband is currently engaged in a debate with some loonies that protest outside of PP...you know, the ones with the graphic images, and propaganda.

Sara - posted on 03/10/2011

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Well, and this is all they got, since they're not creating jobs -- as promised....

Jenny - posted on 03/10/2011

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It's just another part of the Republicans war on women. We shouldn't have time for sex anyway having to work multiple jobs to put a roof over our heads.



It is also a distraction. They do these blatantly inflammatory things so we focus on that and not on the big picture of how they are fucking the whole country over.

Sara - posted on 03/10/2011

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The problem is that there's already a law on the books that bans PP from using federal funds for abortions unless the pregnancy is threatening to the mother's life. So, it's not really the issue. Republicans have built up this entire idea that the funds do go towards abortion, when in reality that is simply not true.

Becky - posted on 03/10/2011

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It's rather disturbing to think that people who think that making out causes pregnancy are trying to make policies that relate to sexual health! I think maybe they need to visit Planned Parenthood for some sex ed themselves!
Okay, so on a serious note, I am very pro-life, but Planned Parenthood offers many more services than abortion. Educating girls about safe sex and pregnancy prevention will help prevent abortions. The counseling they offer may help a woman to see that she does have other options. I'm sure they're required to offer unbiased counselling, not push her towards abortion. Offering free pregnancy tests and prenatal care means that teens and women living in poverty have a better chance of having a healthy pregnancy and baby if they choose to carry the baby to term.
So, while I would have a problem with the federal funding being used to fund the abortions, I do not believe that the other services they offer should be defunded.

As an aside, my brother, who is pro-choice, posted a link to this article on his facebook page and it sparked quite the debate with one of our old dorm mothers. (we went to boarding school.) Essentially, she said that she couldn't support an organization that offered to murder babies. I guess later she sent him a private message, ending with, "I hope God enlightens your foolish and darkened heart" or something like that! Which made my Conservative Christian mother mad enough to send her back quite a strongly worded email! Anyways, it's amazing how crazy this issue can make some people!

Lady Heather - posted on 03/10/2011

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Things like planned parenthood are probably doing more to prevent the hated abortion than a million protests ever could. How do elected officials not have the mental capacity to understand that? Do they have brains or just a rusty, hamster-less wheel?

JuLeah - posted on 03/10/2011

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They are counting on people to skip over the logic and get angry. They want the vote. They want the vote from the people whos lives depend on the very programs they wish to cut, food assistance, SSI, low income housing .... so they ask themselves, how do we get the vote from folks we will destroy?
We make them forget about the issues that imapct their lives and get them angry about other things. They once said they would put an end to abortion completly; well that didn't work, so now they will go after planned parenthood. If PP is not what makes you hot, well they will also go after gays in the armed forces, or gays on this planet, prayer in school .. there is no end to what will make folks mad. So the R's figured out that if they can get these poor folks out and screaming about one of the above issues, they have their vote. Do someone of them realize they are cutting off their own nose .. yah, but they are willing like folks are willing to give up civil liberities for national security ... we bought into the improtance of that, didn't we? They will buy into this. Elections are coming up and the R's wanna win .... this is how they will do it.

Katherine - posted on 03/10/2011

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Not only that, now where would they go? It's a great service and if it's defunded I can't imagine the repercussions!!!

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