Abortion is a hot topic. People tend to feel very passionate on either side. I totally get it: one one side women believe abortion ends a human life and on the other side women feel no one should tell her what to do with her body. In the end, the only person who can decide what’s right for them is oneself.
I also get Planned Parenthood is controversial in itself. Pro-life activists have many examples of Planned Parenthood acting in opposition to rules, laws, and their own stated principles. But behind each event is also a story. We don’t hate someone because he or she made one mistake in their life.
I am pro-responsibility. I wish we lived in a world where our sexual education was so good and preventative care was so meaningful that no one ever needed an abortion. However, things happen. And it’s not Planned Parenthood’s fault. The Susan G. Komen organization pulled their funding from Planned Parenthood this month due to strong pressure from anti-abortion organizations. As a daughter of a breast cancer survivor I find it disheartening that we would give up any resources for women to get female medical services. Below is a graph of what Planned Parenthood does. The vast majority of their services are preventative care. Even though Planned Parenthood performed some abortions, they also prevented around 620,000 unwanted pregnancies. It’s not worth giving up the many services Planned Parenthood provides just to stop a few abortions. Regardless of how you feel about abortions, you should support women’s health.
With that in mind, below is a petition going around the internet to stand with Planned Parenthood to focus on the positive that they do for women.
This is for all the anti-choice, anti-women people out there.
You can spend every minute of every day trying to force the rest of us to live by your ideology. You can go after federal funds for health care and pressure private organizations like the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to stop funding breast cancer screenings for poor women. You can try to make it impossible to get birth control.
But you know what you can’t do? You can’t win. You can’t break us. Planned Parenthood isn’t just a family of organizations. It’s a movement. It’s women and men of all ages who believe that health care — including reproductive health care — is a basic human right. We are millions strong. We are everywhere. We act, we give, and we do whatever it takes to make sure that Planned Parenthood is there for the women, men, and teens who rely on them.
Know this: When you go after Planned Parenthood and the people they serve, you go after ME. I stand with Planned Parenthood. I stand with them against anyone who wants to stop women from receiving the health care they need. I stand with them today, tomorrow, and for as long as I need to.
**I wanted to keep this post as noncontroversial as I can, but abortion is a controversial topic. This post is not in opposition to abortion or in encouragement of it. I do, however, support debate and research.