Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Those Pesky Anti-Choicers: Redux

Planned Parenthood touts itself as "the world's oldest and largest voluntary reproductive health care" and some conservative fucktards are scared silly of them as a result. There was a great article on Alternet about them: Family Planners Stand Up To Right-Wing Boycott

I love the idea of using this boycott list against these sleazy self-righteous assclowns, it just smacks of karmic justice. But I sure as hell didn't want even $15 of mine to go to them. Luckily, someone who no doubt has a little silver fish on the back of their car posted it for us: "The List"

There are some pretty great companies on the list, and it makes me happy that some of the money I have given to these companies has gone to Planned Parenthood. I think I should even write to the companies that I don't know or use, and tell them I support their support of Planned Parenthood.

You know, if groups like LDI were just against the abortion and referral services offered by Planned Parenthood at least I could understand it. I wouldn't agree with or condone it, I think it's ignorant and sexist (in LDI's case the president and chairman of the board is male, as are 6 of the remaining 7 board of directors), but I do comprehend their beliefs and why they feel as strongly about abortion as they do. I just wish that they could comprehend that their beliefs are just that, beliefs; they are opinions that these people are trying have made into laws. Look, no womb, no opinion. A woman's reproductive rights and health are between the woman and her doctor (and not her fucking pharmacist), and NO ONE else's business. I have a penis and I can grasp that concept. Why can't they?

And they couldn't stop there. They are against birth control. They are against sex education. They are more turned off by fucking than a Catholic priest in a room full of naked women. (see The Fight Against Fucking) I can't help but laugh at how repressed, thin-skinned and easily offended these organized idiots are. On their "What's wrong with Planned Parenthood" page, LDI has the following warning:

WARNING: Some of the text included on this page is offensive. It comes directly from Planned Parenthood. The text in red type below in recommended for adults only.

Any frank and open discussion of sex or sexuality freaks these people out. Any option other than abstinence for preventing pregnancy or STDs is wicked and wrong! Even their imaginary friend Jebus hung out with hookers, how did his followers get to be so uptight and hung up on sex? And who the hell do these people think they are that they should be making intimate personal decisions for the entire country? Arrogant fuckholes much? It boggles the mind.

Although LDI claims to have no political affiliation, they certainly demonstrate the Repuglicans' flair for spinning and distorting language. They refer to "committing" abortions rather than "performing". They claim Planned Parenthood is anti women's rights because they don't support the "women's right to know" act. It's actually called the "Parents Right to Know Act", and it is "...legislation would require that local clinics receiving any federal funds notify parents of a minor's request for contraception five days prior to dispensing it to her." Call me crazy, but I think I'd agree with oh, the International Women's Health Coalition when they say:

  • Parental notification laws don't stops teens from having sex—they stop teens from having protected sex.
  • Decreasing contraceptive availability leads to unsafe sex.
  • Confidentiality is key in providing family planning information and services. Leading medical and public health groups stress the importance of confidentiality—especially for young people—in healthcare provision. The American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Public Health Association, and the American Medical Women's Association all oppose mandatory parental notification requirements for minors seeking family planning services. (I had to put that whole bullet in... pretty good recommendations, no?)
  • Adolescents have a right to comprehensive, confidential healthcare.

And check out these "outrageous" and "offensive" statements by Planned Parenthood themselves (Dun DUN DUN!!)

"We've got to be more concerned about preventing teen pregnancies than we are about stopping sexual relationships." -- Faye Wattleton, then-president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America,
Los Angeles Times, October 17, 1986

"The solution [to negative early sexual experience]...is to teach young people how to experience sexual pleasure, instead of teaching them to not have sex." -- Bulletin, Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada, Summer 1996

"When [teen] sexual activity is respectful, responsible, and healthy, it can be a positive, life-enhancing
experience." -- "A Matter of Fact," Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, circa 1994

"[Teaching only abstinence] is a great disservice to young people." -- Gloria Feldt, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, The Inquirer, May 4, 1997

"[U]rging abstinence while condemning all nonmarital sex is unrealistic and irresponsible." -- INsider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, September 1994

"Abstinence-based education...programs also include information about non-coital
[sex]..." -- "A Matter of Fact," Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, circa 1994

The horror... the horror... Is it just me, or is every one of these statements, logical, sensible, pragmatic and caring? Quite simply LDI needs to shut the fuck up. These unwanted self-appointed saviors of the moral fabric of America, by denying women's rights and health care and education to the young have crossed the line from a pimple on the ass of society to full blown colon cancer. And make no mistake, they're just as deadly.


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