Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Standing with Planned Parenthood

Image courtesy of Planned Parenthood.

I had some firsthand experience a couple of years ago with the opponents of Planned Parenthood, and I possibly helped defuse a confrontation between a group of locals protesting the establishment of an area clinic by that venerable organization.

But feminist senatorial candidate Shelley Berkley is right. Today’s Republican Party has gone too far in its attacks on Planned Parenthood. I signed the petition linked to in the letter from Berkely, forwarded to me this morning by the Nation. 

I hope Katalusis readers will also take this opportunity to stand up for the rights of all women to adequate health care:

Dear Fellow Progressive,

The Republican Party wants to put Planned Parenthood out of business.

Already, the GOP’s witch hunt gave right-wingers at the Susan G. Komen Foundation cover to withdraw their support of Planned Parenthood’s cancer screenings for low-income women, nearly ending hundreds of thousands of breast cancer screenings and mammogram referrals for woman across the country.

It’s sick. It’s ugly. And if we don’t stop it, women are going to die.

Let’s be very clear: This isn’t about abortion. After all, just three percent of Planned Parenthood’s work is abortion-related.

This is about preventing low-income women from getting basic health services without permission from radical right-wing social conservatives. Ninety percent of what Planned Parenthood does is preventative care -- including 770,000 pap tests, 4 million tests for sexually transmitted diseases, and, yes, 750,000 breast exams just last year.

The bottom line: You know women who are alive today because of Planned Parenthood.

But it seems that the radical right-wingers behind this witch hunt care more about controlling women's bodies than they do about keeping those women healthy or even saving their lives.

It’s hard to believe that, in the year 2012, a group of right-wing men are out to stop women from getting breast exams because of their radical ideology.

It's hard to believe that, in the year 2012, elected officials care more about a political agenda than saving women's lives.

And I refuse to believe that we are going to let them get away with it.

Thank you for taking action to protect women in America.

Paid for by Berkley for Senate
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