Why are male politicians making health decisions for women? What is wrong with providing women, especially poor women (does anyone know how much it costs to own a vagina?), with the resources they need for their sexual and prenatal health? What is wrong with people that they would bomb a Planned Parenthood?
Family planning clinics are not all about abortions. They just aren’t. It’s not even half of the services they provide. Family planning clinics like Planned Parenthood provide women with important health services like annual exams, STI screenings and treatment, HIV testing, cancer screening, breast exams, and birth control.
These services are offered at affordable prices for women who don’t have great healthcare and you know what else… they provide a safe, clean, and professional place for women, who otherwise are shamed into even paying attention to their sexual health, to take care of themselves. (college girls who don’t want their parents to know they’re having sex, religious-types who don’t agree that responsible sex is a sin)
Sex is so taboo in our society, our language proves it, ex: woman who has pre-marital sex = slut, man who has pre-marital sex = stud.
Being a girl is hard. Being a girl in Texas is even harder. Rick Perry has cut family planning funds by 2/3 in Texas. TWO-THIRDS! When your government is against you and doing all that it can to prevent you from taking care of yourself, it’s hard to understand why women stay there. I propose all women move from Texas! Imagine that! A woman-less Texas.
So, where are the guys in all this? Women don’t get preggo by themsleves so why don’t we have more men standing up for the women in their lives?
Think of the implications of cutting funding for Planned Parenthood and other like-programs: more unsafe abortions, more children born to poor, unprepared parents and entered into the cycle of poverty, more parents born to single moms, more women without health care having to visit the emergency room and increasing your health premiums.
I worry for the girls in Texas. You should worry about them too.