Opinion: We need to protect Planned Parenthood


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Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization that provides millions of people with easy access to birth control, sex education, hormone therapy, abortion services, and other general healthcare services, is under attack by people who claim to be “pro-life.” These self-proclaimed pro-lifers use religion-based arguments in an attempt to dismantle Planned Parenthood. If the United States can clearly distinguish the church from the state, then Planned Parenthood will continue to provide healthcare services.

Planned Parenthood is making headlines once again thanks to Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court Justice.

Pro-lifers seek to defund the organization as a whole on account of the controversial services it provides…”

— Op-ed Editor Rachel Laposka

Her potential appointment to the nation’s top judicial seat has the non-profit organization once again receiving backlash from the self-proclaimed “pro-lifers.” Pro-lifers seek to defund the organization as a whole on account of the controversial services it provides, including various contraceptives and abortion services. 

When people claim that the government should “defund” Planned Parenthood, they would not be taking away their money. No, instead they would be blocking the organization as a whole, preventing people who rely on Medicaid from getting the services they need and scrapping the entire organization.

Planned Parenthood provides way more than just emergency contraceptives and abortion services. The organization also offers STI testing and treatment, birth control, cancer screening and prevention, hormone therapy, general sex-education, and overall healthcare services.

What does this mean for Planned Parenthood? The organization is non-profit, meaning they do not receive government funding. Rather, they rely on donations and grants to keep their services at an affordable price. 

I find it hypocritical that a person who claims to be “pro-life” is willing to dismantle an entire organization whose main goal is to provide affordable healthcare to the less fortunate. They are only pro-life when it comes to a woman having a child. Their claims of all lives being precious are only limited to the unborn.

It is not just the pro-lifers trying to dismantle Planned Parenthood, the Trump-Pence administration is doing their fair share at trying to stop the organization as a whole.

As of Sept. 26, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court after the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This decision angered many people due to the fact that President Trump wasted no time finding a replacement for Justice Ginsburg, not to mention the replacement he found has polar opposite beliefs and will likely work to undo all that RBG fought for during her time as Supreme Court Justice.

In 2017 when Barrett was nominated to the U.S Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit, Dana Singiser, the Vice President of Planned Parenthood’s Government Regulations and Public Policy, publicly denounced Barrett in a statement.

I find it hypocritical that a person who claims to be “pro-life” is willing to dismantle an entire organization whose main goal is to provide affordable healthcare to the less fortunate.”

— Op-ed Editor Rachel Laposka

The idea that Amy Coney Barrett would be a fair and impartial judge on issues of reproductive health is ludicrous,” Singiser said. 

Barrett has made it an active point in her career to be openly against Roe v. Wade, the court case from 1970 in which Jane Roe filed a lawsuit against the district attorney of Dallas, Texas, for a law passed that made abortion illegal. In the court case, Roe claimed that the law was a breach of personal privacy that is protected by the first, fourth, fifth, ninth, and 14th amendments.

The court case decided that the right of privacy that abortion falls under is in fact protected by the 14th amendment, and in a 7-2 court ruling, the law was repealed.

Women do not always get abortions because they do not want to deal with a child. Women get abortions for several reasons, including a lack of funds to pay for doctor appointments and childcare, and other underlying health issues that would have the pregnancy result in a miscarriage. 

All of this comes back at Planned Parthood, simply because they are the most reliable and well-known organization that provides abortion services. Pro-lifers spew hate and threats against a single organization for one procedure they offer.

I am dumbfounded by this entire situation. Would you personally get an abortion? No? Great, then do not get one. Do not force your beliefs onto someone else. You do not know their story. 

We need to keep politics out of the human body. Our country is never going to progress if we are constantly pitted against one another because of varying beliefs. 

Because of the pro-lifers’ adamant beliefs, they are willing to scrap an entire organization that provides millions of people with free or low-cost healthcare. If Planned Parenthood is taken away, a woman’s reproductive rights are taken away with it.

Updated at 7:59 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2020

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