Feb. 19th, 2011

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] rosefox at "My body hijacked"
It's been a long time since we had disposable funds for charity donations, but today I dipped into savings to send a donation to Planned Parenthood, because the House of Representatives just voted to completely defund it. Oh, and they want to completely eliminate Title X family planning funding, too.

Keep in mind that the Hyde Amendment already banned clinics from receiving federal funding for abortion. So the only goal here is to keep people from accessing family planning services, cancer screenings, birth control, HIV tests, and other life-saving and life-changing medical assistance.

There's no upside to this. It's just wrong. And in small and rural communities, it could be a disaster.

We can certainly hope that the Senate will do the right thing and refuse to pass these terrible bills. In the meantime, please stand with Planned Parenthood. At the very least, sign their letter to the House and the Senate. If you can, make a donation--even just a small one. Soon we may be the only source of funds they have.

And please, please spread the word. Women, men, teens too! Men and boys benefit from PP's services too: directly through things like HIV tests and free condoms, and indirectly through having happier, healthier female partners, relatives, and friends. It's too easy for people to dismiss this as "ladybusiness", or to shy away from talking about that icky S-E-X stuff. Please don't let that happen. Speak up for reproductive health services, and keep speaking up for as long as it takes.

There's a rally in New York next Saturday. I'm planning to go if I can get away from work for long enough. Join us if you can.


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