Stand with Planned Parenthood

Only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services are comprised of abortions. Defunding them is more than just trying to end their facilitating of those abortions. You’re also taking away cancer screenings, std screenings, breast exams, etc that would potentially save many people’s lives. Denying women and men the right to this healthcare is certainly not “pro-life”.

Of course pro-life really means pro-birth. Those who wish to defund Planned Parenthood are advocating for pregnancies to come to term, having absolutely no interest in the child’s life afterwards. They are not at all concerned with the child’s access to education, health care, food, shelter, etc. The quality of the child’s life is completely unimportant to them as long as the baby is actually born. Many of these same pro-life advocates are against allowing same-sex couples to adopt, which is heavily ironic. How is it pro-life to intentionally leave children without loving families just because they would have two moms or two dads? The foster care system is terrible, and to prefer that over two loving parents is certainly not in the interest of “pro-life’.

As for the video that was recently released, it’s not what you think. It was created by an anti-abortion organization in an effort to shock people. However, the video is botched and entirely out of context. Planned Parenthood does not sell “baby parts”. They donate fetal tissue only with the consent of the woman in question. The only money involved is the cost for transportation. That’s it. And just in case you haven’t realized, Roe v. Wade was passed over forty years ago, so the fact that this is still happening is outrageous. Because before abortions were safe and legal, women used coat hangers or underwent unsterile procedures by people who were not doctors. Legal abortions ensure the health of the women in question, which is important if you claim to be pro-life. These women have already been born and their needs and wants should matter and come first. Making abortions illegal again will not stop them from happening. It will only increase the endangerment of the woman’s life, just as was the case forty years ago.

The fact of the matter is that women should be in control of whether they choose to have an abortion or not. A significant majority of senators in the House who voted to defund PP for one year are men, who presumably do not have uteruses. Women are the ones who have to endure the pregnancy, yet men can just sit back and tell them what they should do. Oh yes, this is all very “pro-life”.

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The Trevor Project has established “Talk To Me” in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month. The risk of suicide is much greater for those in the LGBTQ community, especially those between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four. Talk To Me is all about communication. I have taken the pledge and will be participating in the program. Feel free to email me any of your questions or concerns. If you are feeling suicidal, or if you just need someone to listen and care about you and your problems, I will be here. Please, do not hesitate. If you would like to participate in Talk To Me as someone willing to help, go to http://www.thetrevorproject.org  and take the pledge. Also, add the Talk To Me twibbon to your website, twitter, or Facebook account. Hopefully, we can all make a difference.

“Talk to Me is about empowering our supporters to help us save young lives. You can play an important role in this movement to end youth suicide in the LGBTQ community. The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act is the only dedicated stream of federal funding for suicide prevention, and it must be reauthorized to ensure that vital services across the country continue to be funded. Please, ask your senators and representatives to cosponsor the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (H.R. 2734/S.116) today!”

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