Last Tuesday, the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, was at Capitol Hill admitting to the amount of abortions, mamograms and profit ventures the organization conducts every year. Political drama and face off aside, I just have one simple question: why does the government want to get into women’s panties?
Folks, it’s a serious question.
From what I have gathered at this hearing, the issues of revenue and the leaked videos of Planned Parenthood affiliates discussing the selling of fetus tissue for scientific research were just there to trigger a discussion about the constant, ever-present ‘problematic’ issue of abortion.
Before I go any further, I want to make one thing clear. Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, goodness gracious, that’s your own opinion. What I can never truly understand is the government’s belief that they can dictate how a woman treats her body. My two cents–my OPINION–is that it is always going to be the woman’s choice.
SHE is having the baby. Not you, old politician who gags at the thought of a woman thinking for herself. Not you, stay-at-home mom who could never dream of ‘killing’ an innocent life. Not you, Christians who have abstained–why can’t everyone?–and think that the heathens should be punished for such vulgarity by taking care of the unexpected child. NOT. YOU.
And unless you are the proud father, you really have no say in the matter.
Planned Parenthood allegedly conducts more abortions than other services. So what? How is that a real issue? If we were facing some kind of ageing population, maybe I’d give a crap but I don’t. This whole ‘abortion crises in Planned Parenthood’ stinks of anti-feminism. Yeah, I said it. Because if we rob a woman of her choices, how the hell are we any better than those who lived in times of traditional patriarchy? Where a man dictated what was best for women in all aspects of their lives?
For centuries, women have been subjugated in a man’s world and it still persists. Even though Cecile Richards is supposedly banking it in Planned Parenthood, her salary is still not as high as a male in a similar executive position.
Some politicians believe that Planned Parenthood’s services can be practiced in other health clinics. All well and good, but to dissolve this organization is to increase the burden for health clinics to take care of women.
If the government wants to clamp down on Planned Parenthood for the selling of fetus tissue, I’m not completely against it. But personally, I believe it is as valuable as stem cell research for the curing of several diseases. The circumstances are simply unfortunate.
Because, as much as I support abortion, a loss is a loss. A fetus lost its chance to live, no matter how brave we want to go on about it. For a lot of the women that go through abortion, it’s a necessary and heartbreaking evil. So when the #ShoutYourAbortion discussion trended on Twitter, I blew my top:
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Abortion is not something to shout to the frigging rooftops. Abortion is not something to be proud of. #ShoutYourAbortion
— Cosmopolite Wannabe (@cosmopolite24) September 22, 2015
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Why on God’s green earth were they trading abortion stories like it’s tea time? This all comes back to people minding their own damn business. Abortion itself, is not something to be celebrated. It is the choice for women that stands in defense. I don’t care how they tried to spin the explanation of it. Horrible choice of words to brand pro-choice advocates. Misrepresentation is not fun.
If you’re going to support, support smartly. Don’t waste your advocacy on drama and controversy. Keep it real and handle this pro-choice decision with care. Who knows what the government has in store for us next?