From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
Messin’ with the Wrong Chicks
Susan G. Komen for the Cure sure has pissed off a lot of people. Among them: the 80s’ish proprietors of the Margaret and Helen blog. When you get a few minutes, take a peek at Helen’s epic rant, which is as scorching in its condemnation of the politicization of funding for breast cancer screenings as it is unequivocal in its defense of Planned Parenthood. A snip:
Nancy Brinker, shame on you. You honestly thought your fellow women were so stupid that we would think your reason for defunding Planned Parenthood was somehow different than the never-ending cry for defunding that comes from the far right every election cycle? Well I am here to tell you that it is bad enough when it comes from the male-dominated, testosterone-filled legislatures. But when it comes from a supposedly apolitical women’s health organization, it’s unforgiveable. […]
I know I speak for millions of women when I say that from now on if you push us, we will push back. From this point forward, when someone says that you fight like a girl, they had better watch out. We girls know how to fight when our backs are against the wall. […] Yes. [Planned Parenthood provides] abortion services. Deal with it because they also do so much more and we remember the world before them. It wasn’t pretty.
Planned Parenthood provides healthcare – pap smears, breast and pelvic exams, colposcopies, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and birth control for both women and men – most without access to any other health care services. About 97% of their services are for this basic healthcare. If you want to talk about abortion services then you should at least know the truth. Providing that service for women who are faced with that daunting decision accounts for less than 3% of what Planned Parenthood does nationally. Less than three percent. They also provide prenatal care, vasectomies and adoption referrals. … Tell your Tea Party friends what good fiscal sense Planned Parenthood education and prevention programs make—that for every dollar spent providing family-planning services, $ 4 are saved in Medicaid costs. [...]
If you are going to talk about Planned Parenthood, then at least have the courage to speak the truth.
How sad that it literally takes courage for conservatives to speak the truth, let alone face it. Unreal.
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