Just had an unusually intimate moment at Trader Joe’s where a 60 something woman was waving her hands during a passionate conversation in the aisle about Planned Parenthood. “People are standing up for freedom all over the place, and here we are discussing Roe vs Wade which I stood up for 30 years ago.”
Whatever you think about the pro choice or pro-life issue you must admire the conservative strategy. Since gruesome images of dead babies is such a media turn off, to achieve the ultimate goal of making abortions illegal again, a better way was needed and found: attack Planned Parenthood.
It is a brilliant strategy. First, set up small-scale armature looking sting videos against PP employees. Make sure they are produced and presented by women. Publicize the horrors of Planned Parenthood. Avoid abortion and choice issues altogether: make the videos about child prostitution, which no one can disagree with. Keep hammering the fact PP provides abortions while providing TV stations with videos designed to vilify PP. While the public is questioning PP, make public speeches in Congress against abortion (back to stories of dead babies). Finally, during budget slash and burn sessions, cut all federal funding for abortions (even though federal law already prohibits this), and in the process disable sexual education not in accordance with conservative belief.
What a stunning strategy. Unfortunately, it’s working.
Kudos to the Jackie Speier who publically admitted- oh my- having an abortion. She couldn’t stomach all the pompous speeches denouncing the horrors of frivilous procedures killing babies. I love her tone of voice. Listen to her whole speech on the floor:
“I really planned to speak about something else but the gentleman from New Jersey just put my stomach in knots because I’m one of those women he spoke about just now,” Speier said. “I had a procedure at 17 weeks pregnant with a child who moved from the vagina into the cervix. And that procedure that you just described is a procedure that I endured.”
“I lost the baby,” she continued. “And for you to stand on this floor and suggest that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought, is preposterous.”
Speier called the proposal to defund Planned Parenthood a vendetta and said, “Planned Parenthood has a right to operate. Planned Parenthood has a right to provide services for family planning. Planned Parenthood has a right to offer abortions,” she argued. “Last time I checked, abortions were legal in this country.”
On the surface, anti choice conservatives they say want to save babies. Underneath, their agendas restrict women’s ability to get medical assistance. Anyone who can’t pay better not get pregnant or have medical problems during pregnancy. Plus, anyone who does not wish to give birth for whatever reasons should simply abstain from sex in the first place. And, in case you want any sexual education about condoms, or family planning or HIV you should pay for this too. All this costly sexual education offered by Planned Parenthood (the only family planning center available for most people) however is just an unnecessary public expense. If you simply get married and have legal sex, what need is there for sexual education?
Last post I wondered what issue might make me meet in the streets to sleep next to strangers. This might be one of them.
Conservatives further defend their position by saying they don’t believe in abortion and thus shouldn’t have to pay for them through taxes. Again, besides the fact that PP does NOT use federal funds to perform abortions, does this mean anyone who has a religious belief that conflicts with the law has the right to disobey the law?
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