I find it appalling that Congress, in particular the men, are so afraid to give women control over their own bodies that they would try to shut down the entire government to prevent women from accessing reproductive health care through Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood has not used any federal money to pay for abortions (about 3 percent of all the health services the organization provides) since 1974, thanks to the Hyde Amendment.
But here’s what Planned Parenthood really does: provides basic reproductive health care for services for low-income women and girls, a place where she can confidentially discuss private sexual matters with trained, nonjudgmental staff, a safe haven to get, for instance, Pap smears, or testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, or counseling about birth control and reproductive health care safety.
And, yes, sometimes that health care means providing a pregnancy termination (less than 3 percent of total services). And, yes, men can receive the same respectful treatment for STIs. Check the website for more details: www.plannedparenthood.org.
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On the other hand, it is empowering, isn’t it, to think that men are so frightened of women having control over their own bodies? What power our uteruses have! We are women! Hear us conceive!