Monday July 30, 2012, 10:53 am
To set the record straight, in advance, I am not pro abortion. I consider every abortion that takes place a tragedy. Nevertheless, my right to my own beliefs ends at the tip of your nose. I also recognize that sometimes the mistakes we make limit our choices, so that we are left with finding the least harmful choice of the options available . I have no right to direct which choices individual women make with their doctors, so I support the right of women to make their own choices, but that’s not the only reason I support Planned Parenthood.
Birth control is and has been a critical issue. If we don't begin right now to curb the US population then the US and not those in Africa or other countries will be the ones dying of starvation. While Europe and Japan remain with a stable population the US is expected to grow by 100 to 150 million within the coming decades. Birth control was once a personal issue, and most certainly a political football, now we must look beyond the nonsense and be realistic. Just how cruel is it to bring more babies into a world that is dying from neglect and abuse? To know as we do, that we can not provide food to the current population, how then can feed a huge growing population? This issue has been side-stepped and ignored by Americans for far too long.
This is not about religion or freedoms - this now about survival.
Actually TomCat I don't think this an issue of abortion or being pro or con, this about being honest for a change. Planned Parenthood is not the issue, politics and getting the last ounce of political yammering out of this "made-up" issue is what this is about. I'm fully disgusted by these non-issues being turned into issues.
Monday July 30, 2012, 1:07 pm
Republicans want to do away with abortion and birth control because the more poor and ignorant people having babies, to them, means more criminals going to their for profit prisons.
Monday July 30, 2012, 3:14 pm
I am pro-choice and will support any woman that opts for an abortion — her body, her choice made in consultation with her doctor and family. I wish such procedures were not necessary, but sometimes they are. When only 3% of PP's services are related to abortion, and none of the federal money can go to provide abortions, the defunding of PP is a political decision based on religious values. And we all know that freedom of and from religion, as well as the separation of church and state, are contained in the first amendment. So how can the Republican/Teabaggers, who keep howling about the constitution and how Mr Obama, a constitutional law expert, doesn't understand the constitution, still press the matter?
But this is hanging up more than the PP funding.
"On top of that, the bill would prevent implementation of most of the Affordable Care Act …" — This is just plain bull shit. The Republican/Teabaggers are putting more than just women's lives at risk. 30 million Americans were without health insurance until the ACA was passed. These are men, women and children being put at risk by a bunch of right wing nut fanatical evangelical Christians. So if the bill would prevent the implementation of most of the ACA, what are these people to do? Whatever happened to Christian charity and compassion — oh that's right, it only extends to the 1%.
"…without explanation, the full Appropriations Committee’s consideration of the bill has been postponed indefinitely. It may be that Speaker John Boehner wants to avoid a controversy heading toward November that shifts focus from the economy. …" — It will take more than Boehner's desire to avoid controversy with the election looming, to make women and their male supporters forget about the Republican/Teabagger war on women. The controversy is still alive and very healthy. Don't mistake the quiet for a memory lapse in women.
"…regressive politics and the policies espoused by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. That makes it a window on what a Romney presidency could mean for women’s rights and lives." — This wannabe POTUS is a disgrace to the human race.
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 12:28 am
Without pp's education and access to birthcontrol I would have most likley ended up with 6 or so kids I could not support or seeking. Abortions in. A different. Venue legal or not. Before i turned 20. Thank u planned parenthood!
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 1:53 am
Contraception means that the babies that are born are wanted, and can (hopefully) be fed and cared for well. Only fanatics think contraception is bad - lots of Catholics, for example, secretly agree with it and practice it.
Green Star to Kit B - who said it all sooo well! We want children to be loved and wanted and cared for - and we don't want millions starving to death!
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 5:59 am
funny, last night's news had a piece on the Republican and Dermocratic attack ads as being less than truthful -to put it kindly. This was part of the Democrat untruths and ditortions that they presented.
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 7:38 am
The ironic thing is that with more planning, education and contraceptive options, the number of abortions would go DOWN. This is what Planned Parenthood does. Yet the funnymentalists are against contraception and education. This kind of tunnel vision was rampant in the past but has absolutely not place in modern times. As long as men can't get pregnant, they have NO RIGHT to control contraception or women's choices.
Well said by so many. Planned Parenthood is scary to those who do not want to be bothered to think about actually planning for the future. Most do not realize the many services offered by Planned Parenthood, if anything, the US government should put in more money. Get medical care for the men and women that use Planned Parenthood for health concerns, cheap prescriptions, and yes, birth control - which I think should be free to any and all people. If there were more access and use of birth control there would be far fewer unwanted pregnancies and of course even fewer abortions. You can not FORCE a woman to love a child simply because you force her to give birth.
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 3:55 pm
Tried to note; thanks for posting, Tom. Love your always sensible comments, too, Kit. Very wise--I can't understand anyone who could possibly make an intelligent argument against them. My bottom line is always that these are medical decisions that should be made only between a woman and her doctor. There are so many different forms of birth control that not every type is healthy for every woman, and most of us have our preferences. A case of unplanned/unwanted pregnancy is also a medical conversation between physician/patient.
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 9:07 pm
Only about 2% of Planned Parenthood's services include terminations. The rest provide health care for women (AND MEN) who need help getting it.
Once when I was VERY poor....Planned Parenthood helped me with contraceptives and I will ALWAYS support them with gratitude.
Republicans, having no solutions for the many problems our country faces now, uses women's health issues as a SMOKE SCREEN to hide their ineptitude. That, plus making it almost impossible for President Obama to achieve his agendas, seems to be the only thing they know how to do.
Any woman who votes for a Republican these days is either insane or deluded. Take your choice.
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 7:04 am
When the Gop (as in Glop) starts taking care of the children and people already here, I *mIght* be tempted to listen to them - until then, t'ain't nobody's business but my own what goes on with my own body. And since Planned Parenthood does so much good for so many, I agree with you, Pam - any woman who votes Repug is in desperate need of help.
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 8:59 am
The Repug/Tea Bagged assault on contraception, abortion and women in general comes down to one thing and one thing only. Christian Sharia as the basis of American law and the US Constitution is the goal of the Christian Taliban of America and their political arm the Repug/Tea Bagged Party. They scream and wet themselves over spurious Muslim Brotherhood Witch hunts and Islamic Sharia while constantly working to Un-Constitutionally establish a Christian Sharia Theocracy in America.
I can't help but wonder about the doctors of this country that haven't guts to stand up in unison for the rights of their female patients. They have power and influence and have made a choice to stand with the republicans draconian laws that actually harm women, rather then to stand up and at least speak the truth. It's been a long time since I had any respect for doctors as a group, not to say there are not some good decent doctors. As a group, they are wimps, sheep that follow along because their first and primary interest is their bank account.
Planned Parenthood, the right to a legal abortion, and birth control may not be want some want. Since when does that become law? Want SOME want should be their own private decisions, not a law in any state that now makes women chattel property of the men. ( Maybe that should be cattle property?) There is no legal basis for these laws, only personal prejudice and personal desires.
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 1:07 pm
The idea that life begins at conception is a religious belief. In a free society we are not suppose to make laws based on a religious belief. Having a free society means being able to accept the fact that others can have different beliefs without being penalized in some way. Can we just encourage the freedom of choice? Others have no right forcing others to live in a way they believe is the correct way. Morality can not be legislated. Some people just have to take the longer scenic route on their way to their heaven.
Friday August 3, 2012, 8:04 pm
I am pro choice and don't think it is our governments job to govern a woman's body, The world is already over populated why bring more babies in the world when they can't be taken care of.