(ICLW people – please see the post previous to this one for the “about me” section!)
I rarely talk any sort of politics on this page, but this is so important, so here goes!
Planned Parenthood is an organization that I used for 5 years (senior year of high school and through all of college).
They were the reason I had “safe sex” instead of being another teenage statistic.
They were the reason I had access to birth control and condoms.
They were the ones who did my pap smear that came back abnormal.
They were the ones who alerted me to the fact that I needed cryotherapy for pre-cancerous cervical cells (HPV).
They gave me a place to ask questions and feel supported.
Fertility Lab Insider did a fantastic post about the Reproductive Bills in the News (the OK Personhood Amendment & the cutting of support for Panned Parenthood). Check it out. Be informed. Be involved!
Both these bills have in common the desire to restrict reproductive rights. It is easy to eliminate Planned Parenthood funding because Planned Parenthood’s clients are the poor and the disenfranchised. Maybe we don’t care for those people because we don’t care for abortion. But the rights of couples who need medical help to conceive are also targeted for elimination by the same reasoning because ultimately, infertility treatment is also a form of reproductive choice that some in the society feel should be restricted or eliminated. If you care about your reproductive rights and feel you should have a choice to pursue parenthood when you wish, you should likewise support reproductive choices for everyone, even if you disagree with the choices other people make.
PCOS Chick also said it best –
To me this has nothing to do with your political views; I do not care if you are Republican or Democrat, but I do care that we all ban together & not let women loose their rights!
Planned Parenthood is a place where women (and men) can get the proper treatment they need. They can go here knowing they will not be judged & their rights protected. This is an organization that I believe in & hope you do too.
This is not about abortions, Planned Parenthood also provides family planning, HIV tests and preventative cancer and other medical screenings.
This is about making sure that we women, have a place to get the vital care that we need if it! This is about our bodies!
YOU CAN DO SOMETHING TO STOP THIS INSANITY!
Please go on over to her page to see how you can help!