Huffington Post just released an article stating “Obama Blocks States From Defunding Planned Parenthood” and I couldn’t be more pleased.
Here is the gist of article:
During the last 5 years two dozen republican states have been trying to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. They are trying to do this because some of the clinics provide abortions. However, there are already “federal laws blocking the use of public money for abortions.” (Huffington Post)
This new rule prevents states from withholding funds from Planned Parenthood and other health providers for “reasons other than the provider’s effectiveness at delivering family planning services.” (Huffington Post)
However, this funding may not last for long due to President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for his administration being anti-abortion. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga) has said birth control does not need to be covered by health insurance because not one woman in the country has trouble getting access to it. (Huffington Post) He has also been quoted in saying “The fact of the matter is this is a trampling on religious freedom and religious liberty in this country.”
You can read the full article here.
Now, if you don’t care to read anything political then just stop now. Exit out of this page and don’t turn back.
On top of that, if you don’t want to hear some brutal honesty or if you are going to think differently of me, quit reading.
I have been in this situation.
I have needed Planned Parenthood.
I have had two abortions.
There, I said it. It’s out for the world to know now. No turning back right? However, I am not ashamed of this. It’s taken me some time and self growth to get here but I am not ashamed. I’m not afraid to tell anyone anymore. I would never take these decisions back. And if someone doesn’t like me because of it, well fuck them. If someone thinks differently of me because of it, who cares? My husband (who is very pro-life) has been able to move on from it and so should everyone else.
I know for a fact I made the right decision for me and the other person. Yes, it was terrible. Yes, I was scared. Yes, I had second thoughts. However, as I’ve gotten older and had children there is no way I could have raised those children. We would be broke. I would be a single mother. I would be needing constant help from my parents. I wouldn’t be going to school. I wouldn’t be with Tyson. I wouldn’t be a good mother. To be quite honest, I don’t know if I would still be here. After my struggle with postpartum with my two children I have no idea how I would have survived that kind of thing at 18 or 20.
Now you may say “Plenty of women go through that and make it out alright.” You’re right, plenty of women do. I’m just not sure I would have been strong enough.
I feel it’s important we keep abortions legal and keep funding Planned Parenthood. We need to allow women to have these services in a safe and clean environment. If they defund Planned Parenthood you are taking away some woman’s only way to get their exams; (which has nothing to do with sex) some people can not afford to go to a traditional OBGYN office for whatever reason. You can be abstinent or married and you should still get your check ups. You are taking away legitimate education for young people. Schools are teaching abstinence as sex education. They are not teaching about birth control or STDs. They are just letting these young adults and teens figure it out on their own or expect the parents to educate them. And let’s be honest, how many of your parents sat you down and gave you a good education regarding sex, contraceptive, consent, birth control, abortion, birth, etc. I know mine didn’t.
You can lie to yourself all you want, but teenagers are going to be sexually active. Maybe not all of them, but a vast majority of them. They need to be educated. They need to have a safe place to go. Planned Parenthood is that safe place for many people, young and old.
My husband and I disagree completely on the abortion issue. He feels from the minute of conception that is a human life and it is essentially murder. I respect his view and realize that’s how the majority of pro-lifers feel, but I respectfully disagree. I feel that it is my choice, as a woman, to do what I wish with my body. I don’t think there’s much else to say about that. We will never agree, just like the rest of the pro-life and pro-choice communities.
My question is, what harm is it doing all of you pro-lifers by allowing Planned Parenthood to continue to get funding? What harm is it personally doing you if women are getting abortions? What harm is it personally doing you if women are getting birth control?
I know this is a touchy subject but it’s something that needs to be discussed. And quite frankly, I don’t feel you can really have a say in the subject if you’ve never been in the situation or have a uterus.
(This post really has 3 parts.) I love these pages. If you are wanting to get your right wing family something great for Christmas, a friend of mine made these last night. I can email you the high res version. Thank you Tyler Attenhofer. ❤