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From Planned Parenthood’s website:
TRUST WOMEN — AND STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD
In Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer is set to sign a bill that will deny Planned Parenthood health centers funding for family planning services, cancer screenings, HIV testing and counseling, and other preventive care. In Texas and Virginia they’re forcing women seeking abortions to undergo unnecessary, invasive ultrasounds. In state after state, lawmakers have launched reckless, relentless attacks on women’s health.
The state legislators pushing these laws don’t trust women to make decisions about their own bodies and health. They think they know better than the women themselves what’s good for them.
Tell them they’re wrong. Tell them that you stand with Planned Parenthood and the women, men, and young people who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers.
To the lawmakers pushing anti-choice, anti-women’s health legislation:It’s time to stop the constant efforts to deny women access to health care and strip them of the right to make their own medical decisions. It’s time to trust women.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because I trust women to make their own choices and their own health care decisions.
When you eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood health centers, you cut off countless women from their only source of health care. You take from them the power to plan and care for their families. You condemn them to undiagnosed illness and untreated disease.
I trust women to make their own private medical decisions without interference from lawmakers and ideologues. That means no woman should be forced to undergo a government-mandated procedure because she chooses to have an abortion — whether she lives in Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, or anywhere else. And no doctor should be forced by the government to perform these procedures for political purposes.
I trust women, and I will not allow you to take away their rights and deny them access to health care. Your reckless, relentless efforts to enforce your narrow-minded ideology — through abortion bans, “personhood” bills, and other radical legislation — are dangerous and unacceptable.
I trust women. I stand with Planned Parenthood. It’s time for you to do the same.
Over the years, I’ve noticed the occasional argument about birth control and contraceptives in general arguing against usage statistics.
Over the past few weeks, there has been what seems to be a War on Women: both in state legislatures, and on the national field. Then, when it comes to any kind of social media, there’s comments defending women’s reproductive right as well as commenting against it. Whether it’s abortion and some weird misconceived twist on Thomas Jefferson’s view on abortion, Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Sandra Fluke (and really, Rush Limbaugh in general), the contraceptive coverage fiasco, or just..
Now, I’m in support of women’s rights on all fronts. I just don’t understand why they’re being attacked. Is it because some, or rather many, men are so threatened with sexual freedom on some level they must attack it? Is the very idea a woman just might enjoy sex, be gay, or strong in any way WITHOUT depending on men for it?
This has been inspired by Conservative blogger Tom Quiner’s post: Obama’s War on Jefferson.
I’ve been hearing and reading recently about Republican rhetoric that is depicting Thomas Jefferson as against abortion, or using his name to argue against it, along with the argument it’s granted by God. Why? His statement in the United States Declaration of Independence:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
(Emphases are mine.)
Now, let’s first visit the reason this doesn’t hold much water by visiting our Founding Father’s religious beliefs, as it seems often misunderstood or otherwise ignored (if mentioned at all). I think we should touch on these, and clarify them.