A Rational Look at Abortions and Planned Parenthood

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Let’s start with Planned Parenthood.

Except in the case of medical necessity, abortion is a life choice that should be made by a woman and a medical professional; not by a politician, religious official or a government agency. As a life choice, unless the mother’s life or health is endangered, the choice to abort should be paid for by the woman, not by taxpayers. How or why Planned Parenthood ever started getting paid by the feds for performing abortions is irrelevant, that funding should stop! Not all funding!

Apparently Planned Parenthood performs many helpful services for women who cannot afford testing or medication on their own, Personally I have no problem with them getting our money for that, as long as the people who use their services actually need that financial help.

Unfortunately, some people who are well off financially got that way and stay that way by cheating the system: getting charity, assistance, food stamps, tax breaks, etc. that they don’t need or deserve. Those are the people who should be ‘cut off!’

As I started out saying, I believe that abortion or no abortion is a decision that belong solely to the prospective mother. I find it bizarre  that, when the prospective mother makes the decision to terminate her pregnancy, suddenly every moralistic idiot in our society finds something to say about it.

Born or Not Born

If a woman made the decision to “have a baby”, not one of the aforementioned moralizing idiots would know about that child until it is born (born defined by Websters: “brought into life by the process of birth”) The well being of that child would be the mother’s ‘legal responsibility. It would be a life protected under our laws and our Constitution. If that child then died by normal circumstance: disease, organ failure or accident, it’s a tragedy for that mother and for that family unit. If that child died through neglect or an intentional act, the law would attempt to bring someone to justice for the act.

If a woman decides, for whatever reason, NOT to have a baby, but she is already pregnant, I believe she should have the right to terminate the pregnancy at some point before the baby is born, i.e., “brought into life . . .”. That decision does not give anyone else a moral responsibility for that baby’s life. That decision does NOT make a woman’s baby public property — that decision does not suddenly make that baby EVERYONE’S child, everyone’s concern or everyone’s problem. The unborn baby is still inside the mother, still feeding on her nourishment, still requiring her blood and respiration. To assume, at that point, that ANYONE but the mother has ANY moral claim to that unborn baby’s existence is completely illogical as well as morally absurd.

The social rules were made centuries ago: women have children or do not have children the circumstances of either case should not be open to discussion or governed by anyone’s moral code, except for the woman’s and, in most cases, the biological father’s.

Planned Parenthood Selling Baby Parts??

(Selling Baby Parts: That’s what Planned Parenthood”s opponents call it because they want the public suitably shocked!)

Having watched some of the videos that have come out it seems that some of Planned Parenthood’s activities may border on illegality, if that is the case, the people who are acting illegally should be brought to justice, like every else who breaks the law. That may justify a federal government supervised reorganization, (since they are using tax money), but as usual the moralizers want to whip everyone into a frenzy and will continue to pretend that totally de-funding the organization is the only option.

Shutting down Planned Parenthood is a poor option. Their mission statement emphasizes reproductive health and education as well as abortions, unless you are ready to assume that Planned Parenthood does NO GOOD for the community, there is no reason to judge it based only on their ability to perform safe, legal abortions or based on someone’s self-righteous opposition to abortion.

Beck: Only hookers need Planned Parenthood

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The quote in the title is the headline (title) of a Huffington Post article paraphrasing Glenn Beck as he made fun of Lawrence O’Donnell for his tearful plea for Planned Parenthood.

OK! These guys hate each other and when they are trading insults there is sure to be lots of bloviation (hat tip to Bill O’Reilly) and overstatement. In other words, ignore the pompas asses until they can put some logic behind their rants in place of their emotions and personal preferences.

Beck’s implied statement that only hookers need Planned Parenthood is a gross exaggeration and he knows it but then that’s his job: to exaggerate the truth and make his listeners happy. Thousands of women, men, couples and teens (teens who have a disinterested, distant or non-existent family structure) use planned parenthood for advise, testing and other services.

The fact is, people like Beck, Palin and many others who spout their anti-abortion rhetoric are religious extremists who live somewhere other than with the common, ordinary people who have to deal with issues like unwanted pregnancies and contraception. Moralists are very bad neighbors and are even worse when they have access to the media.

If there is anything “bad” about Planned Parenthood it is that (according to their 2010 Annual Report) 1/3 of their funding is provided by our Federal tax dollars, and some taxpayers don’t want their money going to Planned Parenthood.

Well folks, lets get real! There are thousands of ongoing projects across the U.S. that WE are paying for and I would bet that if given a list of these projets you could find hundreds that you don’t wish to pay for. So what’s different about Planned Parenthood?

They directly and indirectly provide abortions.

It’s good to remember that in-spite of the very vocal anti-abortionists who wish they could inject their morality directly into the bloodstream of America, abortion is legal and if there is any justice left in the three branches of the United States government, it will remain legal.

The tragedy would be allowing the government to interdict the free will of a pregnant woman.