Category Archives: Planned Parenthood

Demonizing Planned Parenthood, Nashville Edition

Doesn’t this seem like a self-fulfilling prophecy?

By defunding Planned Parenthood, which uses zero public money to perform abortions, they ensure that Planned Parenthood doesn’t have the money to do anything but perform abortions. If you take away the money they use for STD testing and PAP smears and pre-natal care and cancer screening and everything else involving lady bits which is the bulk of what they do, that just leaves the privately-raised funds for that icky abortion stuff. And Planned Parenthood becomes the evil “not a clinic it’s just about abortion!” place that the fundie anti-choicers always said it was.

I find this very odd.

I also find this attack on poor women very odd. I find it very telling that the so-called “pro-life” movement is spending its money on a message war with racist billboards instead of helping women get healthcare. Sorry if we’re a little jaded over here but it’s not like you people gave a damn about minorities before, except to treat them like criminals.

I also find it really odd that a bunch of old white men are running around crowing about this great achievement. Seriously, can you imagine? The same people who call it a huge overreach for Michelle Obama to make suggestions about healthy eating habits see nothing wrong with cutting off funds to clinics where a lot of women get their healthcare. That just sorta boggles the mind. No birth control pills for YOU!

Look, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we need some nationwide Lysistrata action. If the men of this country are going to run around crowing about how great it is that women have less access to reproductive health services, then maybe no nookie, okay? Sex leads to babies and STDs and the need for birth control and a good number of services that Planned Parenthood provides so maybe we just won’t put out until you stop taking away our access to these services.

Just a thought.

(h/t, Aunt B)


Filed under abortion, Nashville, Planned Parenthood, Tennessee

>You Know Who ELSE Scrubbed The Memory Hole?

>Any similarities to fascist dictators living or dead is entirely coincidental:

Kyl statement stricken from the record

Jon Kyl’s statement that 90 percent of Planned Parenthood’s activities are related to abortion — which drew mockery when he explained it was “not intended to be a factual statement” — has been stricken from the Congressional Record. From POLITICO Pulse:

Sen. Jon Kyl has quietly removed his infamous comment that 90 percent of Planned Parenthood’s business is abortion from the Congressional Record. Senators are allowed to revise and extend their comments in record and his statement now simply says: “If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that is what Planned Parenthood does.” Kyl’s office could not be reached for comment.

As more than one person has already pointed out, trying to scrub the memory hole in the age of the internet is beyond foolish. It’s pathetically out of touch. Just like Jon Kyl’s policies.

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>Canaries & Coal Mines

>I don’t know if anyone noticed this but yesterday ACORN dissolved, starved of the federal funds it used for things like helping low income people access loans to buy homes and start businesses, register them to vote, get the poor access to housing, and other stuff that we simply cannot have. We live in a country where the free hand of the market always seems to bypass the poor, save to slap their hands when they get uppity and think they deserve a place at the table too. How dare they.

But here’s the lesson for liberals: don’t for a minute think the anti-ACORN campaign launched by the right won’t be repeated with other perceived “lefty” organizations. Indeed, it already has.

Two years ago a movement began to defund Planned Parenthood, even though no public funds go toward abortion services. They go toward prenatal care, pap smears, STD testing, birth control and even fertility treatment. You know, gynecological and obstetric care, like what you’d get at any OB/GYN.

If you are “pro life” you should be lining up on the streets to get a Planned Parenthood clinic in your neighborhoods because they are the only access to healthcare a lot of women have, and that healthcare enables women to have healthy babies. But you can’t see the forest for the trees, can you? You’ve drunk so much Kool-Aid that you hear “Planned Parenthood” and instead of thinking, “oh, pre-natal care,” or “oh, a pap smear,” you immediately think “abortion.”

You are very silly, horrid people.

And liberals are silly too, for sitting on their hands while the anti-choice crowd organizes their plan, recruits candidates, circulates petitions (I won’t link to it but it makes the outrageous claim that “one in every two black children is aborted”), and gets on top of the message war with bogus “gotcha” videos.

Are we asleep? Look past the obvious misogyny in this news story which garnered most of the outrage today; instead, see if you can spot the money quote:

RICHMOND – Western Prince William Del. Bob Marshall, R-13th, says disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.

He made that statement last Thursday at a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood.

Yes, that’s right, Virginia wants a law just like the one Tennessee passed, which blocks state funding for Planned Parenthood.

Why? No public funds go toward abortion services.

Look people, this isn’t a culture war issue. It’s a healthcare issue. While the right is vigorously fighting any change to a crappy healthcare system which leaves 40 million people uninsured, they are also vigorously working to cut off public funds to the one organization that provides affordable healthcare to some of those people. Those vaginal-Americans who need a variety of services, including birth control, and including a lot of other stuff that any wealthy, upper class woman in a Virginia suburb can get at her local doctor’s office. This makes no sense.

Perhaps they think this is a swell idea:

A bill passed by the Utah House and Senate this week and waiting for the governor’s signature, will make it a crime for a woman to have a miscarriage, and make induced abortion a crime in some instances.


The basis for the law was a recent case in which a 17-year-old girl, who was seven months pregnant, paid a man $150 to beat her in an attempt to cause a miscarriage. Although the girl gave birth to a baby later given up for adoption, she was initially charged with attempted murder. However the charges were dropped because, at the time, under Utah state law a woman could not be prosecuted for attempting to arrange an abortion, lawful or unlawful.

Wow, you’ve got to be some kind of callous bastard completely lacking in empathy to hear that story and think the biggest problem that needs to be addressed is that arranging your own miscarriage isn’t illegal.

Clearly men need to be able to get pregnant and be faced with the consequences of that pregnancy. Men need to know what it feels like to be faced with raising a child when you are poor, single, or a teenager; men should suffer the tremendous emotional pain of surrendering your child to adoption (the dirty little secret we’re not supposed to talk about). Men need to walk a mile (or a month) in this girl’s shoes.

Or else they need to quit crafting policy that treats desperate women in desperate situations like criminals.

But neither of these things are going to happen. Men aren’t going to start having babies and they aren’t going to get out of politics. So women, and the liberal men who love us, need to wake up. We need to stop ignoring these attacks from the right as some kind of crackpot fringe wacked-out group that won’t ever amount to anything.

In case you haven’t noticed, the conservative fringe is now the Republican mainstream. So wake up, people. It’s time to get active. Time to pay attention and get organized and act like this shit matters. Because it does.


Filed under abortion, ACORN, Planned Parenthood

>Leave Judy Blume Alooooooone!

>You have got to be kidding me. The anti-choice nutzos have attacked noted author Judy Blume.

Judy fucking Blume! You do NOT mess with Judy Blume! No. You. Do. Not.

If you were never a pre-teen girl then the name Judy Blume probably doesn’t resonate with you, but trust me: her books guided many a young girl through the awkwardness of adolescence. I can’t tell you how much I loved reading “Deenie” and “Forever” and, of course, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” so many years ago.

But according to the anti-choice crowd, Blume made the unforgivable mistake of sending this rather benign Mothers Day fundraising message for Planned Parenthood. She wrote:

There is no organization that I know of that supports motherhood and all that it means more than Planned Parenthood. That’s why I’m honoring moms everywhere with my gift to Planned Parenthood today.

This promptly got the anti-choice activists in a tizzy falsely claiming Blume was “promoting abortion.” Blume’s office has since been flooded with hate mail and even death threats.

Let it be noted: the word abortion doesn’t appear anywhere in Blume’s Mother’s Day message. Let it also be noted: only a very tiny percent of the services Planned Parenthood offers are abortion-related. 97-percent of what Planned Parenthood does is regular gynecological care: pap smears, breast exams, STD testing and treatment, birth control, and the like.

But the anti-choice nutzos don’t give a damn about women’s healthcare. All they care about is intimidation and thuggery.

So, are you there Judy? It’s me, Southern Beale. I want to say thanks for the books, and for supporting Planned Parenthood, and for taking the heat from the crazies. Don’t let the bastards get you down.

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>Paging TN Guerilla Women

>I got a delightful suggestion in my e-mail box today that really appeals to my sense of productive mischief. And I think those Hillary supporters still nursing hurt feelings might appreciate it, too.

If you simply cannot donate any money to the Obama campaign or, for that matter, the Democratic Party (paging Alma Sanford!), why not donate to Planned Parenthood instead. And–here’s the kicker–do so in honor of Sarah Palin, the faux feminist who doesn’t believe in choice or sex education for teenagers.

Your donation will be tax deductible. And Planned Parenthood will “mail a personalized card notifying the individual or family you have chosen to remember.”

By the way, this is not a campaign of Planned Parenthood. This is something that some folks dreamed up on their own. I guess they were completely dumbfounded that any true feminist would support a ticket like McCain-Palin, which stands against everything women have fought for since, well, forever.

Here’s how it works. Go to the Planned Parenthood website and click on “Donate,” then scroll down to “Honorary or Memorial Donations.” Fill in the McCain campaign headquarters address so the Planned Parenthood folks know where to send Gov. Palin her personalized card:

McCain for President
1235 S. Clark Street
1st Floor
Arlington ,  VA  22202

Pass it on.

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