“People only ask questions when they’re ready to hear the answers.”
-John Irving, Cider House Rules
It is easy to fall into the media trap of listening to the bad and never bothering to check on information for our selves. The recent heat over Planned Parenthood is a prime example. Even presidential candidate Carly Fiorina neglected to look into the truth when she shocked the GOP debate audience with a graphic account of inhumane abortion practices. Turns out they were an act of propaganda, edited and untrue.
Planned Parenthood, which was founded in 1916 (a much more conservative era than today) is about much more than abortion, and isn’t at all about the selling of the fetus. According to their official website:
Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being. We believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual’s right to privacy. We further believe that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life and strong family relationships.
Pro-Choice does not mean Go Abortion. Rather, it is a belief that women have the right to choose when and how they will exercise their reproductive qualities. That is their right as females. No, that is not to say that the father has no say, nor that a late stage abortion is ethical, but it is the choice to say, “at this time I don’t believe I can give this child the life that he or she deserves.”
But all of that heavy politicism aside, Planned Parenthood is not only an abortion clinic; only about 3% of what the clinic does is provide abortions, and they are not even provided by all of the health centers. Furthermore, by law these abortions cannot be funded by federal money, that money goes to methods that work to prevent the spread of STDs and to help prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place. The official website provides information on various health concerns from body-image to sex and sexuality and the health centers themselves, depending on the location, offer everything from general healthcare and LGBT services to the morning after pill, birth control and HIV testing.
The reality is, with all the other work they are doing, we end up with less of a need for abortions.
Politicians are fighting to end Planned Parenthood because they offer abortions, but said abortions aren’t funded by the government anyway. Yes, they claim that they can’t support the program at all because of such a horrific action, but does that mean we can only support those people who agree 100% with our personal beliefs?
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