Saturday, February 4, 2012
Rage against the Machine
And in the 80's I was one of them.
But I had a place to go.
A place that didn't judge.
A place I felt safe to go to.
A place that educated me on protection against sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancy.
A place that in their education highlighted that abstinence was the best form of protection.
But if I chose not to use abstinence then I could at least make an educated decision on how to protect myself.
This place didn't judge or push. They just gave me the facts and the options.
This place is Planned Parenthood.
When I graduated High School and went off to college I remained at that place because it was a place that provided me with the basic screenings and tests that I needed.
A place that provided me with pap smears.
A place I went to for breast exams.
A place where I could get birth control.
And this place provided these services to me on a sliding scale so that I could afford the healthcare I needed when I didn't have insurance.
This place is Planned Parenthood.
And this place made me safe and secure and healthy!
I couldn't imagine being a teen looking for guidance and help and not having the services of Planned Parenthood.
I couldn't imagine being a young adult trying to make my way through school and beyond without the services provided by Planned Parenthood to ensure my overall health.
There are a million undesirable scenarios that could arise if I did not have this place to go to.
But thanks to Planned Parenthood I didn't have to face those scenarios.
My rage against this political agenda to attack and defund Planned Parenthood runs deep.
They have been taking swings at women's health and it is time for us to swing back.
We need to take action and we need to do this by NOT voting for those who want to deny women basic healthcare and by NOT donating to or running in or fundraising for ANY organization that puts the needs of the women they claim to be supporting last on their political list!
This isn't about the "A" word as so many of your politicians want to make this about. This is about ALL women and about "ensuring quality care for all".
"ensuring quality care for all" taken right off the Susan G. Komen website. It is written right into their mission statement: "ensuring quality care for all"
So if that is the goal then why is there a sudden attack on a foundation that strives to do what the Susan G. Komen foundation cannot?
Planned Parenthood actually provides the care for all!
Katie over at "From IF to when" has a very spirited post on this. woman vs. woman: my response to komen
And Mel over at Stirrup Queen in her post: "Susan G Komen, You Can’t Delete the Tweet" suggests that we all print out the Planned Parenthood at a Glance page in order to educate and inform those responsible for the attack on Planned Parenthood as to exactly what services are provided by Planned Parenthood.
And mail them to:
Susan G Komen
5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75244
I am mailing mine today!
But I am going to take this one further and ask you to take note of those in Congress who are trying to do the same to women's health and those who stood by us. The next time you are at the polls make a conscious effort to vote for: "ensuring quality care for all"
Democrats who voted to defund Planned Parenthood:
Dan Boren, Okla.
Jerry Costello, Ill.
Dan Lipinski, Ill.
Mike McIntyre, N.C.
Collin Peterson, Minn.
Nick Rahall, W.Va.
Silvestre Reyes, Tex.
Mike Ross, Ark.
Heath Shuler, N.C.
Republicans who voted to preserve Planned Parenthood funding:
Charlie Bass, N.H.
Judy Biggert, Ill.
Mary Bono-Mack, Calif.
Charlie Dent, Pa.
Robert Dold, Ill.
Richard Hanna, N.Y.
Rodney Frelinghuysen, N.J.
This is for every woman who needs a place to go and get quality healthcare!