New attacks against health provider Planned Parenthood have been springing up across the country since Republicans took office in state and federal houses in the 2010 midterm elections.

In the past few months, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defund the organization, Indiana governor Mitch Daniels signed a law defunding Planned Parenthood, and apparently Wisconsin and Texas are on the verge of doing the same.

Despite conservative rhetoric that claims Planned Parenthood does little more than help women get abortions, the organization is one of the largest providers of health care services for low income individuals, offering everything from cancer screenings to STD testing and treatment. Last year, only three-percent of the organizations’ services were abortions, while the majority, upwards of 35-percent, were providing contraception to men and women.

In spite of the work Planned Parenthood has done for low income communities, Republicans seem hell bent on stripping its funding. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a budget over the weekend cutting the already reduced funding to Planned Parenthood, while Texas is poised to become the largest state to pass a health care reform bill that will defund the organization.

Planned Parenthood isn’t taking the attacks lightly, however. The organization is fighting back in court and have made progress in some of the cases. In Kansas, Planned Parenthood sued the state for blocking its funding, and a federal judge in Indiana granted a preliminary injunction against the bill defunding the organization which allowed Planned Parenthood offices in Indiana to begin seeing Medicaid patients again. In North Carolina, Governor Beverly Perdue vetoed a bill that would require a 24-hour waiting period and an ultrasound for women seeking abortion.

Despite Republican lawmakers’ intrusion into women’s wombs, many claim to fight for “small government.” I guess for women, “smaller government” means telling us what we can and cannot do with our bodies.

 

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  • Stephanie

    The one thing that bothers me about all of this is that they are slowly taking away our human rights.

    One republican on FOX network stated that if a woman gets raped or gets pregnant through an incest should have the baby.

    I have such a big problem with the fact that anyone is so comfortable stating that on tv. So the 9 year old that was raped and got pregnant should be forced to have the baby? Really. That was a really sad thing for me to hear. Heartbeaking. The announcer even asked the question twice to make sure the guy knew what he was saying. Stop looking at just their politics but the actual words that are coming out of their mouths. They don’t care about you like you think they do *for those that vote the especially crazy ones into office*.

  • Cyn

    What are the rape pregnancy stats? I find this to be the go to argument for abortion, yet the numbers don’t appear to support it.

    Truth is, this is NOT common use for abortion today! We all know that. The reasons given have little to do with non-consenting individuals who were abused by wutless males. Just like oxycotton was intended for one use & is so abused that folk are going around killing innocent ppl for it, this is what abortion has become, what it is.

    • Girl

      I am amazed by your ignorance. Just because the black community are expert at covering up sexual abuse/molestation doesnt mean it doesnt exist. and what stats do you know breaks down the abortion % according to rape/incest and the like? gtfo
      The amount opf trafficking into this country is at a all time high, just a few weeks ago a guy in Poughkeepsie was caught with 4 illegials that he trafficked in to be pimped out, you think they let these women have babies and disrupt business? Grow up and quit being naive.

    • @Cyn but you realize that only THREE PERCENT of all the services that Planned Parenthood provided last year were abortions. This funding isn’t all about abortion. I don’t know how Planned Parenthood divides the funds that they get, but with the little numbers that we do have, it doesn’t seem like the majority is going to abortions.

      And yes I read your previous comment about ER’s and how they provide services, but Planned Parenthood is specifically aimed at low income. Not everyone can afford the ER. And not everyone can afford going to the ER for every screening, contraceptives, or ultrasound appointment.

      So I think that they shouldn’t strip Planned Parenthood of it’s funds, but I believe… I KNOW that Planned Parenthood does more than provide abortions, so we shouldn’t make abortions the main issue here.

    • Cyn

      Girl, it took a moment to compose myself not to lash out in the same manner you did me. I appreciate your passion & zeal. I appreciate the aid you’ve received from PP. I simply caution that you temper said passion with respect.

  • SYC

    This statement is false: I guess for women, “smaller government” means telling us what we can and cannot do with our bodies.

    De-funding Planned Parenthood is not telling you what you can and cannot do with your body. It is upholding law that tax payer monies cannot go to fund abortion. Even if that means funding for other services which in turn frees up part of their billion plus annual revenue to perform abortion.

    Abortion just like other elect services are just that, elect. So I don’t see what’s the problem. If they want to do abortions, don’t take govt. money. If they want to continue with with their so call other women’s health services, then X abortions and keep getting funding.

    Truth is everytime they give a teenager a condom, that is counted as pregnancy prevention, and added to the stats. When their abortions rise by almost 10,000 in one year, there is a problem. Comparing their 332,000+ abortions to their 977 adoption referrals it’s just too lopsided. 1.5 million emergency contraceptives, nearly 3.5 million sexually transmitted infection procedures a year? So maybe more of their funding should go to the “Planned” part of the planned parenthood before it gets to that point. Just seems like they should be called “Unplanned parenthood”.

    Not saying what a woman should and shouldn’t do with her body, but everyone keeps talking about what planned parenthood does for women and their health, but with the numbers rising at drastic rates, it’s not looking good.

    • Girl

      Can you please stop being so damn ignorant? Go to PP, check location and see how many of them offer abortion services. there re many that DONT so enough with the damn lies. Many of us who lost our jobs last year, this year and before used PP for pap smears, I sure as hell did, PLUS mamograms plus my regular HIV screening when I lost my insurance.
      Where the hell have you heard of people getting free abortions anyway? When I worked there one year when I was thinking of becoming a nurse, people were paying $350-500..so I’d love to know where you people are getting this govt paid abortion crap from.
      Stop spreading lies for your misogynistic agenda.

    • SYC

      “Girl”, it seems to me that you’ve formed your opinion and are not willing to listen to sound stats. But when you get on here calling people ignorant, simply because you don’t agree with them, thats just sad and I choose not to cyber argue the point.

      Everyone of those stats that you call a lie came from the PP site. Also I never said anything about a free abortion I said gov’t funding frees up their money to do abortions with. And trust me It does not cost $500 for an abortion. That is a little like a co-payment.

      If you choose to have your opinion thats great, but when you elect to become hostile and name calling, that’s when I digress. No need to argue with reckless mouths. That’s part of whats wrong with the world today.