Women Fight to Save Planned Parenthood
On Friday, February 17th, the Republican-led House of Representatives passed an amendment that would stop all funding to Planned Parenthood. A group overwhelmingly made up of men made a monumental decision that affects mostly women. However, the bill must still be passed by the Senate and signed by President Obama.
Government money to Planned Parenthood helps to fund the following services: contraception, screening for breast, cerivical and testicular cancer; pregnancy testing and options counseling; testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases; menopause treatments, vasectomies and tubal ligations. None of the money from government funding goes to abortion.
If this bill passes, it is possible that less women will have access to contraceptives, early pregnancy testing and options counseling and tubal ligations, the result being more unwanted pregnancies and more women possibly needing to turn to abortion. Doesn't that make this bill extremely counterintuitive?
During the House debate, Georgia Republican Paul Broun said “I don’t believe that God can continue to bless America while we’re killing 4,000 babies every day.” Has this representative not heard of "Separation of Church and State", something that our Constitution is supposedly based on?
How can we live in a country where, from the time they are teenagers, boys are commended for having sex and the government throws money at Viagra, yet our representatives don't seem to care if women have to suffer the consequences? New York Democrat Louise Slaughter called the proposed cuts to family planning "the opening salvo in an all-out war on women's health." I wonder how different government funding would be if women controlled Congress.
There is still time for women to let their views be known. Contact your Senators. This Saturday, February 26, a Rally for Women's Health is being held in NYC, in Foley Square, across from the Courthouse, from 1-3pm. This is not about abortion. Planned Parenthood provides very important medical services to people that desperately need them. This fight is about keeping those services.