The Planned Parenthood Battle, Part 2

You know, when I said that I was going to keep on top of this Planned Parenthood situation, I didn’t think it was going to take TOO much effort, or TOO many blog posts.  In fact, when I published The Planned Parenthood Battle, Part 1 yesterday, I never imagined I would have to do another post on the SAME DANG TOPIC so soon. Seriously. The next post was supposed to be a Wednesday/Thursday post about modern feminism and sexuality.

But noooo. Because today, New Hampshire voted to cancel its contract with Planned Parenthood, and now this blog post needs to be about what THAT means, and of course a little bit more about Planned Parenthood, contraception, and how freaking important it is.

Let’s start with a little bit about birth control, shall we? Because birth control seems like a pretty commonplace idea, but back in the sixties, it was pretty freaking revolutionary. Margaret Sanger, who used some somewhat questionable rhetoric in promoting birth control, was phenomenally successful at pushing for its adoption by mainstream America. And this, of course, is fundamentally linked to the sexual revolution and the rise of women in the work force and on college campuses, because birth control gives women the ability to control their fertility themselves–something that other forms of contraception, like condoms, don’t.

But moreover, because birth control helps reduce unwanted pregnancies, it helps to reduce strain on our welfare system and on families. Let’s face it, people aren’t going to just stop having sex. But contraception means that at least they can control the consequences of having sex a LOT better.

In America, birth control helps to negate thousands, if not millions, of unwanted pregnancies, and Planned Parenthood has been a bit part of that. But what I’m really concerned about is how this trend in America will go on to impact our aid policy as it relates to contraception and population control. But that, my friends, is a story for our next blog post on this subject.

So that said, let’s get back to New Hampshire, shall we? This is the FOURTH state that I’m bringing up on this blog related to the issue of Planned Parenthood. That’s a little disconcerting, no? At least Indiana had its attempts to cut off Planned Parenthood shut down by a federal judge. And I’m still waiting to see what will happen to Texas.

And now, of course, I’ll be waiting to see what happens in New Hampshire. So what in the name of Margaret Sanger IS going on there? For starters, the state cut $1.8 million in funds to Planned Parenthood. That sucks, but New Hampshire went a step further. Because New Hampshire’s Executive Council ALSO removed Planned Parenthood’s authority to provide birth control and antibiotics to women without insurance, a move that will result in 120 low income women a day to no longer be able to afford birth control.

Incidentally, all five members of the aforementioned Executive Council are Republicans. I don’t mean to pick on the Republicans, since in this case two of them DID vote in favor of supporting Planned Parenthood, but COME ON GUYS, you don’t like providing welfare so how are we going to take care of these kids that you KNOW are going to be born now that you’ve removed birth control from the picture? And you’re against abortion so that’s not an option…and it’s not like the foster care system is so great and our adoption system isn’t the best and…just, COME ON, are you kidding? And this did lead to a new favorite quote of mine, by council member Raymond Wieczorek, who stated, “I am opposed to abortion. I am opposed to providing condoms to someone.” Well, Mr. Wieczorek, the rest of us are opposed to thousands of unwanted pregnancies and the increased spread of STDs due to a lack of condom usage. And I’m sure you’re opposed to cleaning up the mess that your new measures will cause. Frankly, I just don’t understand.

It’s a sad day we live in when politics can dictate things like the ability of low income women to get ANTIBIOTICS (see? I didn’t even argue about the Pill, although I think they should have access to that too. But ANTIBIOTICS? Really? They couldn’t have let Planned Parenthood keep taking care of THAT at least?) but there it is folks. Feel free to comment if this makes you as angry/sad as it makes me.

A lot of the information for this post came from the article found at http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2011/07/12/new-hampshire-pulls-plug-on-planned-parenthood/, in case you want the original source.

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~ by Randi Saunders on July 13, 2011.

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