Abortion: Why is Pro-Choice So Hard to Support?

Abortion is such a hot topic that people have killed in the name of God to stop the procedure. There was recently a bill in South Dakota that was struck down that attempted to change language in a law that would allow for the killing of abortion doctors.

Thankfully, that was struck down.

Now the House of Representatives has voted to bar Planned Parenthood from federal funding. Planned Parenthood is a reproductive health clinic. It’s not an abortion clinic, but it does give access to women who need referrals for an abortion procedure. They leave the moral choice of whether a woman wants to have a child or not up to the woman.

I have personal experience with Planned Parenthood. I’ve gone for a reproductive health exam. During that time, in no way, was I talked to about abortion or told I was to have an abortion if I ever had an unplanned pregnancy.

It’s really bizarre to me that people think if you walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic, you’ll be strapped down and given an abortion. My experience with PP has been the total opposite. The nurses and doctors have asked me if I’d like to have a family one day. I told them yes, so they explained to me what I could do to keep my body healthy in order to have a healthy baby one day. They suggested I don’t smoke (or stop smoking if I do–which I don’t), don’t drink while I’m pregnant (which should be common sense), and maintain a healthy diet and exercise. They’re very pro-family, but they are also pro-choice leaving the choice of motherhood up to the woman.

They don’t proselytize their patients on abortion issues or moral issues. They are medical professionals without an agenda. I should clarify–their agenda is to keep their patients reproductive organs at optimal health so that a man or woman can live healthy, disease free, and be able to have children when they choose to. They provide HIV tests, cancer screenings, birth control and more. If anything, I’ve found most people who are in the waiting room at Planned Parenthood already have families (with them).

What about s0-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers?” From a blog I read, it seems that Crisis Pregnancy Centers (most of which are Christian ran) are not medical clinics at all, and do not openly disclose that they’re against abortion. They present themselves with the guise that they’re a pregnancy center, but they don’t offer the kinds of medical check ups and tests that pregnant women need, like they do at Planned Parenthood. What’s worse than being in a real crisis with a pregnancy? Being lied to, or omitted important (and time-sensitive) information when you need to make a decision whether you will keep a baby, put it up for adoption, or just need medical advice.

Crisis pregnancy centers should be illegal.

If a woman chooses to have an abortion, that choice is usually made after careful thought and counsel is sought out. It’s not some flippant thing. I’ve known women who’ve had abortions and they’re not baby killers. They’re women who were caught in a place that you and I probably have not been, walking down a path that we probably haven’t walked down. However, some women, like Representative Jackie Speier, have had to have an abortion due to pregnancy complications. She told her story yesterday. The pregnancy was wanted, but Rep. Speier had to make a complicated decision. She shared her opinions with the House: “But for you to stand on this floor and to suggest, as you have, that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought is preposterous.”

I can’t understand why America wants to “play God” in this debate. Whether you morally agree or disagree with an abortion, don’t you agree that a woman who has a complications should have the right to terminate the pregnancy? Shouldn’t it be a personal matter? In addition, shouldn’t our government provide funding for a medically necessary procedure that may save a woman’s life?

Furthermore, it seems that facts surrounding this issue are always grossly skewed by Christian groups. Focus on the Family is not an accurate source of information for abortion facts. Studies have shown that not all women have terrible emotional problems after undertaking an abortion, which is something that Christian groups heartily attempt to disprove.

I say if we can’t settle on a common ground related to abortion, let’s at least settle here: women and men should have access to reproductive health care; contraceptives and birth control should be accessible to all people; and abortions should remain legal in America, so that women have freedom to choose.

Taking away funding from Planned Parenthood will take all that away. Take a stand and support Planned Parenthood. I stand with Planned Parenthood. Please share this article or the link to support Planned Parenthood.

Attacks on Planned Parenthood

Why is this even happening?

Seriously?

I can not believe we are even considering defunding Planned Parenthood in this country.

The other day, I talked to my mom about it. She’s a very conservative religious person and you guessed it: she supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood and NPR. She said, “Why should my tax dollars go to support those programs?”

She thinks they’re frivolous.

I agree with her on one thing: since she’s not poor, she pays a LOT (a LOT!) of taxes. Do I think it’s fair that she pays more taxes? No, not really.

However, this is where we disagree: I think defunding Planned Parenthood is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of. I also think the Representative who started all this business is really, really undereducated and should be voted out of office, asap.

So, people like my mom want to save money on frivolous spending? I think that’s fine. Actually, I agree that some things should be defunded. However, Planned Parenthood and NPR  should not be options.

I have a great idea for who should be defunded: religious organizations.

Take away every church’s “non-profit” status.

Make churches and pastors pay taxes.

Hmmm…there’s a statement you’ll all disagree with.

Need to save more money? Cut out all government programs to religious institutions, such as fake abortion counseling clinics who get grants to preach Jesus to people. Cut out government funding to churches all over the country.

That would save a lot of money, and it might also stop the absurdity that keeps going on and on and on, as fundamentalists marry themselves with ultra-Conservative Congresspeople.

Stuff Fundies Like

A follower of this blog and a friend posted a link to Stuff Fundies Like today. It was my first visit to this fabulous site. How could I even call myself a blogger without finding his site?! With Darrell’s great knack of encapsulating all things Fundamentalist and letting us relive our oh-so-imprisoned days of being bound by ignorance and militaristic faith to God, I find myself laughing and grimacing at the truth on this site.

Darrell was so gracious to give me permission to repost material from his site. I wanted to include some recent posts that I find incredibly insightful, sarcastic and overall hilarious.

For example, you can’t talk about Fundamentalists without mentioning their all-encompassing love for RUNNING AND RULING THE REPUBLICAN party. So, Darrell shows us this:

Darrell writes about what he knows: Baptist Fundamentalism. In his post, Baptist Distinctives Day 6: Two Offices, he’s not just writing about Baptist Ministers, but ALL Fundamenalist Ministers. See his requirements for becoming a pastor (emphasis my own):

The requirements for becoming a pastor are stringent in fundyland. You have to be male. You have to claim to have heard THE CALL™. You have to own at least one serviceable suit. You have to not be divorced. And you have to be in the good graces of a couple other pastors. Education, wisdom, gentleness, and professionalism are completely optional.

 

About Darrell,

“I’m the son and grandson of Baptist preachers. After I graduated from a fundamentalist university, I began to become increasingly aware of problems in that movement which eventually led to me leaving fundamentalism, although I still consider myself a “conservative evangelical Christian.” In November of 2008, I started SFL on a whim, just as a place to jot down a few memories and observations in a satiric and mildly humorous format. Strangely enough, a bunch of other folks who had similiar experiences began showing up to read and chat. The site has been growing ever since.

Thank you, Darrell. You’ve made my day!

Gay Conversion Iphone App

Do you think gays can be converted? I don’t.

But, apparently Exodus International thinks a gay person can be converted to being straight, and they even made an Iphone App: http://blog.newhumanist.org.uk/2011/03/controversy-over-gay-conversion-app-for.html.

The State of the Gay

At a Christian University, Harding in Arkansas, some queer students created this zine to tell their stories–the stories of gay Christians.

The college has blocked campus access to their site: www.huqueerpress.com but you can access it and share the zine.

Read it here and share your love with them here: huqueerpress@gmail.com.