The topic of Planned Parenthood and their funding comes up with some frequency. Most pro-choice folks and some who are pro-life believe that the use of birth control will limit or curtail the abortion rate (or need for abortion). Marc Barnes over at BadCatholic did a fine job of explaining things myths surrounding that issue. That said, I want to briefly touch on some other points on this topic:
– If funding was cut to Planned Parenthood there is a good chance that the money would be redirected to services for pregnant women, and maybe even services for fathers of unexpected pregnancies, such as vocational training so he can help provide for the mother and child. The latter is an interesting one; I rarely see people advocating for any such programs, but they would have a tremendous benefit.
– There is the issue of “affordable contraceptives”. Contraceptives are used for several reasons, although the primary one is to avoid conception (the word “contra” is Latin for “against” – contraception is literally “against conception”). Lately the term used to describe this is being called “reproductive health”. Cribbing things as reproductive health I find interesting, considering that unless there is a problem with trying to gain a regular menstrual cycle/cramps, birth control actually doesn’t do anything positive health-wise for a woman. As I stated above, what it does do is change the natural state of a woman’s body, and tricks it into doing things that it isn’t designed to do.
– What it is also apparently designed to do is to allow men and women to have consequence free sex, or at the very least separate one specific effect (babies) from the cause (sex). As a result, the expectation is that one can have sex as much as they want and not have to worry about the ramifications, which is where the “1% of their services” comes into play. Lost in this discussion is the link between birth control and abortion. If you’re modifying your boy with chemicals or using a barrier method (which breaks 12- 15% of the time), you need that final option to remove the child. If you are desperate, you need an option. You know what? Let’s say that 1% of Planned Parenthood’s services is abortions (which Google says otherwise). That one percent is solely there because there needs to be the failsafe; if the expectation is set that there will be no child, then no child must be had. And that’s what pro-lifers who support birth control don’t seem to get; the reasoning behind having birth control can be used to advocate for abortions. if you’ve gone this far to prevent a child, why not go one step further?
But why the desperation? Why is there nothing there? Look no further than the gross disrespect and the unrealistic expectations of women via porn and the sexual revolution. Oh sure, women have the right to control their bodies and uterus’s now. But by making things about their body, they’ve set the feminist movement back a few years as now it has again become a battle of objectification, a woman is nothing more than a body and no longer a person. By proxy, a child is a side effect.
– From a taxpayer perspective, I don’t see why I should be paying for these services. Unless there’s a medical reason, I don’t see why I should be paying for things that actually have nothing to do with someone’s health. Birth control is entirely elective, sex is entirely elective. And before someone says “you’re forcing people not to have sex!”
1) No one is forcing them to have sex themselves.
2) There’s a few different scientific methods that allow one to control their family sizes naturally, without the need for chemically altering a woman’s body to do something it isn’t designed to do (birth control) or using an at-times invasive surgical procedure (abortion). These methods are just as (and in some cases more) effective as birth control, and is 100% natural. The symptom-thermal method and Billings ovulation method of natural family planning are two sych systems.
– This says nothing about the conception of eugenics (), which we’re seeing in Canada now with sex-selective abortions (which I talk about here).
– People say that the state has no business in the bedroom of the nation. However when the state mandates everyone should have free birth control, people celebrate. There’s a disconnect there, no?
– Finally, the hilarious irony when people expect Darwin to be treated as gospel and should be taught in school as law, when most of the values that people promote (same-sex marriage, abortion, birth control) actually run counter to Darwin’s philosophies. Namely of natural selection. It also runs counter to the concept of mutations persisting, because frankly any form of mutation found in the womb could be subject to an abortion. In Canada we already see disabled children being aborted, in fact even before the results come back for a test for Down’s Syndrome abortion is floated as an option.
Human beings; the only species currently going out of their way to eliminate their own future.
Anyway, just some random points on this specific topic. I’m sure I will re-visit this down the road and add some more.