November 7, 2011
The reasons behind the attack on funding Planned Parenthood
Throughout the better part of a century, Planned Parenthood has been struggling to keep their organization open, which provides low income families and women with essential health care services at affordable prices. Regardless of the ban-aid cover they use, those who oppose abortion, typically conservative republicans or people with strong religious beliefs, have been trying to tear it down. Without Planned Parenthood, women with lower incomes would have to revert to the days of back alley abortions which were extremely dangerous and many women didn’t survive the procedure. Women like Geraldine Santoro, who “was left to die on a motel room floor by her lover on June 4, 1964 (3 Now.org).” Furthermore, without Planned Parenthood, cancer screening and STD’s would go unchecked among the poor and uninsured. In an elaborate guise that has our country fooled, the house republicans have tried to undermine millions of low income families with the essential services that Planned Parenthood has offered for almost a century through a bill known as H.R. 358, which passed on Oct 13, 2011. Words such as “necessary budget cuts” and “trimming unnecessary money” have fooled many people into believing that money is the root cause behind de-funding Planned Parenthood. If passed in the senate, this measure “would eliminate about $330 million through the end of September for preventative-health services, including federal funding for contraception and cancer screenings, at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country (Abc News).” In reality, this measure is an attack on a woman’s right to choose, and low income families. Democratic Representative, Barbara Lee told the house floor, "These actions by the majority would severely hurt women's rights and insert the government in private decisions about abortion and are nothing short of an...