Standing with Planned Parenthood
By Kayla Goggans
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]I[/dropcap]f Planned Parenthood took the form of a human being, that human being would feel as if the Republicans were constantly pushing to grab hold of its neck. Maybe that is how Margaret Sanger felt after Planned Parenthood was formed in the 1960s. Maybe the constant battle inspired her to continue; she knew what was right, she knew women no longer had to have 11 babies like her mother. No more women had to hurt or accidentally kill themselves by giving themselves abortions with coat hangers, nor did women that already had a sickness worsen themselves by pregnancy, as she did when she gave birth with tuberculosis.[divider type="short" spacing="10"][dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]W[/dropcap]e are under attack, and I say “we” because I mean all females who strive for a positive sex life.
What I mean by a positive sex life is a safe sex life– an empowered sex life. A sex life that does not consist of unwanted births or herpes, but a sex life that consists of contraceptives and annual gynecological visits, to continue and encourage your empowerment on how smart your sex life is!
[pullquote align="left"]We are under attack, and I say “we” because I mean all females who strive for a positive sex life. What I mean by a positive sex life is a safe sex life– an empowered sex life.[/pullquote]
Planned Parenthood changed our world.
We grasped control of our bodies during an era where voting for women was an option! This allowed us to choose if we wanted to have a child or not, it allowed us to choose what we wanted to do with our lives, it took the control from the man and allowed us to play a bigger role in our reproductive life!
But the argument isn’t about women being able to access cancer screenings, gynecology care, contraceptives, STD testing, or sexual education, it is focused on abortions.[divider type="dashed" spacing="10"]
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]A[/dropcap]bortion, a word that you almost fear to say in today’s world. After Roe Vs Wade legalized abortion in 1973, it put in perspective the consideration of a mother’s health. However the argument continued over what restrictions on abortion are just, and under what circumstances it is allowed (rape, incest). The argument is made for a dead end. The argument is that it is killing an unborn baby and the flip side is that it may be harming the women emotionally, mentally, economically and physically. There are a plethora of arguments that seem to go nowhere because it doesn’t matter to people, it is still killing an unborn child in their minds.
Some people also assume that people use abortion as birth control and get multiple abortions a year, due to being irresponsible.
That is an argument that I just can’t seem to fathom. I don't think a woman had sex aiming to get an abortion, the women had sex and a contraceptive preventative didn’t work, whether it was withdrawal, a condom, or birth control. Abortions happen and they have been happening since women have been having babies.
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[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]S[/dropcap]tatistics show that in 2011, 13.9 abortions per 1,000 women occurred, a decrease by 5% from 2010. Most of those abortions occurred at less than 13 weeks, which if you are educated on births, you see that at 13 weeks the fetus is 3 inches and prior it is just leaving its embryonic stage.
Now if we are thinking like Theodore Roosevelt and think contraceptives and abortions are causing a “race suicide,” let us note that 6 in 10 women having an abortion already have a child, 3 in 10 women already have 2 or more children.[divider type="dashed" spacing="10"]
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]L[/dropcap]et's think again about the opinion that women are carelessly getting abortions and getting multiple per year rather than using a contraceptive. Well, abortions aren’t very affordable, (about $500 to $1,000), and women below federal poverty (around 19,000 a year) account for more than 40% of all abortions. These women should be able to go to a safe space (Planned Parenthood) to get an abortion and then feel safe enough to communicate that fact that they may need a more effective contraceptive.
We are educated and smart– we are carers, our bodies are caregivers. We do not have sex aiming to obtain abortions, abortions are financially hard and in today's society, the world around us makes them even more painful than they should be. Truly they should be an encouragement towards a more effective contraceptive and a path towards a more educated sex life.
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[Statisics found on Guttmacher Institute.]