Post # 1
What do you guys think about the proposed $75 million cuts to Planned Parenthood and the even more alarming idea to cut the entire budget of Title X?
I personally think it’s an embarrassment to our entire country to even consider cutting programs like these. Health care is already in crisis, and now the House wants to cut one of the only sources of healthcare many women can access?
I went to PP as a teenager for my birth control, STI testing, and pap smears, and if it hadn’t existed I wouldn’t have had anywhere else to go (we were uninsured and like most teenagers, there is no way I would have told my mom even if we were). I found out about PP after a terrifying broken condom experience with my high school boyfriend. As we scrambled to figure out what the #$^# we were gonna do, one of his friends clued us into the “secret” – where teens can anonymously get the healthcare they need. The sad truth is that without PP, I would have probably ended up pregnant and kissed my dream of becoming a doctor goodbye. Or, even more alarmingly, my abnormal pap smear wouldn’t have been picked up three years later and I could be currently dying of cervical cancer.
I don’t want this to turn into a debate about abortion or birth control. I just want to point out that millions of women rely on PP for their birth control, annual exams, STI testing, and cancer screening.
What do you think?
(PS, if you’re as concerned as I am, you can sign an open letter to congress here)
Post # 3
It is an utter and complete embarassment. It is also classist and misogynist. The Hyde Amendement, already law, prohibits federal funds to go to abortions. This whole debate has made me absolutely sick to my stomach and embarassed for our country. Thankfully, the Senate tends to favor paying attention to laws….and the President would never sign it. It’s political posturing for the most part, and it’s revolting.
Post # 4
I signed the petition a few days ago. I’m appalled.
Post # 5
Thank FSM I live in Canada, that’s all I’ve got to say.
Post # 6
@jayce: Yeah, I’m a canadian citizen living in the US. People always ask me why I haven’t gotten my US citizenship yet…this is why.
Post # 7
This is just sick. They should be ashamed of themselves. Some big strong woman should b!tchslap the sh!t out of them.
Post # 8
Being in public health and being a woman, this made me want to get the hell out of America and move to Canada. I cannot believe that this is being taken seriously.
Post # 9
It scares me to death, to be honest. I am approaching 1 year since I graduated from college with my B.S. Ed. and I am STILL unemployed. My husband and I want to start having children but haven’t because we’re not financially stable yet. I’m struggling to make student loan payments and we’re on food stamps as it is. I don’t know what we would do without affordable family planning.
Post # 10
@jayce: You and me both; my jaw literally dropped when I heard. Im so so glad we take woman’s reproductive rights seriously here in Canada-and that healthcare is the way it is here.
Post # 11
This whole thing is fueled by conservatives whipping themselves up into a frenzy and trying to spew lies in order to cut spending at the expense of women and the poor. It’s disgusting.
Luckily, the Senate tends to be a bit more level-headed, and there’s no way Obama would sign this into law. I feel like conservatives know this, but they just want to make noise.
P.S. My apologies for being from the same state as Mike Pence
Post # 12
I feel so sad for Americans, honestly. To think that personal decisions such as whether or not to have children are based on whether you can afford the medical bills is so…inhumane? Uncivilized?
It’s sickening to think of all that bailout money going to the banks, yet they propose $75 million in cuts to women’s health care?
I would sign that petition if i was an American citizen.
Post # 13
@ThunderBunny: That’s what bugs me about this whole thing too. I can only imagine how much time and energy goes into drafting something like this, and they know it’s going to get vetoed. Why can’t they spend this time doing something constructive, like figuring out solutions for our dismal education system or finally proposing a sane solution for illegal immigration?
Post # 14
I want to be a Canadian citizen too! I was appalled when I read this. It’s always majority men who do this. I don’t know where their hearts are 🙁 I would write my congresswoman and my senators but I’m a New Yorker. I KNOW that my Brooklyn congresswoman would not VOTE for this piece of shyt…and everyone knows Charles Schumer (sp?) a ranking democrat would not let this pass the senate. But the fact that it’s passing the House makes me understand why the world laughs at America.
Post # 15
It is utterly disgusting and I can’t believe more people aren’t outraged about this.
Post # 16
I’m glad they are cutting it. PP pushes ..”advocats” abortions … and I’m sick to death of my tax dollars going for things I don’t believe in.
under the new “universal healthcare” proposal all the things you think your loosing.. will be covered.