Thursday, January 10, 2008

Planned Parenthood letter

I picked up the Roundtable section of the Spokesman-Review this morning and found a letter where the writer fully supports what Planned Parenthood does. That is, Planned Parenthood isn't only about handing out contraceptives and providing abortions, Planned Parenthood provides pap smears for women who face the threat of cervical cancer. The letter was written by Katherine Moore and published 10 January 2008.

Not every woman has medical insurance. Not every woman can go to a doctor's office and afford a life-saving pap smear. Well, since Planned Parenthood was as much founded on women's health as women's rights to control their own bodies, then Ms. Moore's 25 year old daughter has a reasonable alternative to medical health that she couldn't have gotten elsewhere on a waitress's pay. Ms. Moore's daughter faces cervical cancer. That is truly sad news.

Now for Ms. Moore's beef. Anti-abortionists would love to drive Planned Parenthood out of business and drive off the patients who seek their services. Indeed, anti-abortionists make the "unborn child" out to be this supra human that is far more important than the woman. Her health issues (including those that can cost her life) are of no importance what so ever. I highly doubt that what Ms. Moore wrote was any kind of exception. We have no idea how many women seek medical services in the OB/Gyn catagory that are not related to abortions because the anti-abortionists themselves are fixated solely on forcing women to have children, forcing women to be mothers. So, until these radicals start doing the research about what Planned Parenthood does, what harm do the radicals themselves do, what lives could they measurably cost as they scream and picket outside of a clinic run by Planned Parenthood?

Until I read this letter, I had no idea that Planned Parenthood did pap smears. All I know is that I support a woman's choice. I agree with Ms. Moore that a woman who enters a Planned Parenthood clinic for what ever services she is seeking, is not the business of the people outside the clinic trying to raise hell and getting attention for themselves. People who could serve humanity better by serving humanity, rather than a political cause.

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