The Times, They Are A-Changin’

February 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Lately there seems to be all sorts of important news stories vying for our attention.  Revolutions are taking place in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and even Wisconsin and we’re actually able to see history being made.  On a different note, reports came out this week that the Gulf will be dealing with the ramifications of BP’s oil spill for longer than anyone had anticipated.  While all of this is important and deserves our attention, I’m going to talk about something else newsworthy today because it is extremely near and dear to my heart – Planned Parenthood.

Please take the time to read this short article, because it sums up the issue better than I ever could:

PORTLAND, Ore. — More than 400 people lined the streets around Planned Parenthood in North Portland in support of the organization that could lose all of its federal funding. The U. S. House of Representatives passed a budget bill over the weekend that includes an amendment that strips funding for Planned Parenthood in fiscal year 2011.

Planned Parenthood says 75 percent of its patients at the clinics in Oregon and Southwest Washington need the funding to receive reproductive services like birth control, cancer screening and family planning. “Now in this economic climate, family planning is so important and we can’t believe the House would vote to eliminate that funding,” said Roey Thorpe, with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. The Republican sponsor of the amendment says the taxpayers shouldn’t support an organization that provides the most abortions in the United States.  But Planned Parenthood says the money doesn’t directly fund abortions because that’s already against the law.

Planned Parenthood also says abortions only account for four percent of their services utilized nationwide. “Planned Parenthood has been a real support to me and to a lot of women I know — a lot of young women especially,” said Ann Branson, who attended the rally. “If I didn’t have Planned Parenthood, I would have nowhere to go for my health care.”

Branson was among several women who have received the health screenings available at Planned Parenthood. “I hope that lawmakers will see this is a really important issue to us and how much it’s affecting the community,” said Rosalie Hatch, who attended the rally.

The bill will be considered by the U.S. Senate, where it’s expected to fail, but Planned Parenthood leaders say they are still concerned about how the organization will fare during the reconciliation process for the House and Senate bills.That’s why they are urging supporters to continue advocating for Planned Parenthood to lawmakers.

I know that the chances of this bill actually being made into law are pretty remote but the fact that it’s gotten this far is alarming.  I utilized Planned Parenthood’s services for roughly 10 years and I know firsthand how important that organization is for young women all over the country.  I would not have been able to afford birth control or annual gynecological visits throughout college if it hadn’t been for my local PP and they helped to keep me informed, educated and healthy until I was financially independent.  This bill would strip young women of that vital information, education and protection, which in turn would lead to a spike in unwanted pregnancies.  And of course, if someone barely has enough money to pay for contraception then they can obviously support a child.

Some would say that no one should have sex until they’re financially stable enough to have a child.  In that case, most of my friends and I would be wearing chastity belts until the day we died.  People (especially teenagers) are going to enjoy sexual relationships and there’s nothing wrong with that, so long as they understand the inherent risks and precautions they should take in order to minimize and avoid those risks.  Planned Parenthood is the best organization to help them do just that.

I feel rather helpless with this whole situation (this is actually how most of the big news makes me feel) but if you feel like I do about Planned Parenthood then at least you can sign a letter to Congress – here you go. It might not be much but it’s the absolute least I can do.



  1. Lyndsey said,

    Well thought out and articulated! You can also add me to the list of women that continues to use PP as their provider, despite being financially stable!

  2. Lee Ann said,

    I’m with ya!

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