Politics

The A-Word and the C-Word

I don’t need to vilify women who take a stand against Roe vs Wade. If I believed babies were being murdered, I’d be doing whatever I could to stop it from happening.

Though I don’t share their belief, I do support the women who stand up for it. Women have been in the political shadows for far too long. Activism on any issue (that does not involve hate speech) has to be embraced for it’s own sake.

What is harder to understand is the onslaught on Planned Parenthood clinics, which provide much needed reproductive health services for poor women.  It seems as if men are the driving force behind the effort.

Yes, Planned Parenthood refers women for abortions – that makes up 3.5% of their services. No, absolutely no tax dollars are spent funding the procedure.  (And NO, NO, NO, they do not sell baby parts – that is an appalling lie that damages the credibility of sincere anti-abortion groups.)

Planned Parenthood does not promote abortion or push women toward it but if a woman wants the procedure – which like it or not, is her legal right – they make it available.

What also make available is this:

  • Pregnancy tests
  • Pap smears
  • Breast Exams
  • Mammograms or referrals to get them
  • Screening and treatment for STDs
  • Contraceptives

Thirty four percent of what Planned Parenthood provides is birth control. Which helps to prevent unwanted pregnancies, which logically contributes to less termination of unwanted pregnancy?

Surely we should all agree on that?  The use of contraception, even among women of faith, is widely applied and accepted.

Unintended pregnancies among poor women are 5 times higher than more affluent women. Federal funding for Planned Parent comes from Medicaid, the program that let’s poor people get health care.

Cut off nose. Spite face.

I get it. You don’t want to support any organization that supports abortion rights.  I understand. I would rather spend more money on food stamps or universal pre-K than buying yet another navy destroyer or stealth bomber.

So should I then refuse to support returning veterans? Make them pay for the fact that they fought because I’m against those wars? Hurting vets and their families because I don’t agree with the legality of war would be wrong.

I’m sure you see where I’m heading with this. Our disagreement on abortion has kept women from using our collective power to create the policies we DO agree on.

Maybe we women need to focus on agenda and consensus instead of arguing over abortion and contraception. Think of the things we could get done.

 

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