Planned Parenthood: so much more than abortion services

I have a lot to say regarding whats happening regarding PLanned Parenthood now. I think the controversy is about MUCH more than Planned Parenthood. Frankly the “war on Planned Parenthood” is really a red herring for the war on women, women’s freedom to choose, women’s sexuality and so much more that our country still has pre-20th century attitudes about.

First off, the videos. You all know that these are edited right? They are made to look very very slanted.

Secondly, hello invasion of privacy? It speaks volumes that in the interest of “rights” for a few its acceptable to violate the privacy rights of several. Instead of people talking about how #PlannedParenthood should be defunded, we should be talking about how royally the video makers & distributors of it should be sued.

The internet is aflutter with opinions all across the spectrum. Look, abortion is terrible for everyone involved. It would be ignorant to think any woman makes that decision lightly or without another thought. That is just not reality. But rightwing conservatives would have people thinking otherwise. No one wants to get an abortion. No one looks forward to it or celebrates it. I consider myself pro life pro choice. I would not choose abortion for myself, but I don’t choose what circumstances others have and its not for me to tell them what is right or wrong for them. I think a better idea is looking towards ways to solve our country’s abortion & unplanned pregnancy rates. In order to do this, we should look to the country’s that seem to have it together via low statistical occurrences of both.

In 2011, abortion rate in Switzerland was 6.8 per thousand women aged between 15 and 44. This is remarkably low compared to the United Kingdom (17.5), France (15 in 2009) and the United States (16 in 2008), for example.

A handful of other countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany have rates closer to the Swiss level. The average annual worldwide abortion rate is 28 per thousand women of childbearing age.

A low abortion rate goes hand in hand with a low rate of unwanted pregnancy. Sexual health experts point to three main factors which contribute to Switzerland’s statistics: education, contraception and socioeconomic level.“ Sex education is comprehensive and taught in the public schools without controversy. It is taught by teachers as well as health experts. The morning after pill has been available without a prescription since 2002.

By comparison, here in the U.S….

we are still  having debates about abortion 4 decades after it was legalized.

Sex education is not universal in any school. I get that each state has the right to decide their own business but truly this is something that should be mandated at the federal level with a comprehensive uniform curriculum.

Birth control was the starring topic of Obamacare coverage, debated among politicians and Supreme Court justices alike. How can we as a country seek to deprive women of the ability to not get pregnant as well as the ability to make choices should they become pregnant? This truly makes NO sense. Hobby Lobby and the debate about birth control put on public display the shockingly ignorant views many people even in our own government still hold regarding various forms of birth control.(Yet another reason we need comprehensive sex ed!)

Ultimately it seems what people have a problem with is a women’s right to have sex for reasons other than having a baby. If you go to any internet article regarding PLanned Parenthood (or even Hobby Lobby) there are scores of comments from people that range from simply ignorant to downright hateful in their views about abortion/birth control/sex and the women who engage in any of these things. On Facebook one man (!!) stated that women who had abortions were promiscuous and irresponsible and simply needed to learn to “contain themselves.” This man’s comments puzzled me for many reasons.  I wondered if this man’s only experience with women having sex was in porn viewing. No really. I think only in porn would a women uncontrollably rip off her clothes & not be able to “contain” herself. I also wondered if this man realized that making a baby was a two party job, Instead of trying to debate, I replied to the man’s comments with a reverse of his “only irresponsible and promiscuous men get women pregnant. Its their fault if they couldn’t be responsible and use a condom instead of relying on the woman to handle it. Maybe next time men like that will just learn to contain themselves.”

In fact I have had quite a bit of fun in Planned Parenthood topic forums this past week. Its given me much to ponder and much to blog about. Stay tuned….(I have several more #PP topic blogs coming…such as “Planned Parenthood: much more than abortion services” “the war on women’s sexual health” “Planned Parenthood undercover videos…undercover lies” as well as further thoughts on paradox of people in this country who oppose abortion, birth control, sex ed, morning after pill and single mothers. (I’m sorry but really, you can only pick one?) Ohhh…its been an inspiring week, WordPress.

19th Amendment: post notes

On the topic of women’s suffrage, I always find it amusing when modern day folks equate “feminists” with “bra burning liberal hippies.” Or the like. I majored in sociology as well as womens stiudies so I feel obligated to also mention there are MANY types & groups of feminists all with their own views, passions and agenda (lesbians, women of color, etc) Moreover, the womens right to vote movement was started by upper class white women, so hows that for a dent in the liberal hippie stereotype?

(TO BE CONTINUED, I’m just warming up!)

19th Amendment anniversary

Bravo! Yesterday was the anniversary of the passing of the women’s right to vote (19th Amendment). Voting in itself is something I Take seriously. It is a right,m but also a privilege that many countries do not extend to its citizens. Sure for presidential elections the electoral college is utilized (why? I have no idea) but it would be unwise to blow off any & all elections that are not hinging on the electoral college…senators, representatives, propositions, local measures, local officials…you see where I’m going here? I vote in every election no matter how small. I enjoy feeling like I’m involved in my government and that I am part of the process. Thank you 19th Amendment!

That Letter: Something Is Out Of Place

beyonkuh111:

THANK YOU I too got this letter & had many Qs! LIke how they say it cannot be discussed with third parties..um, lots of third parties should have access to this (Tigers family for one) & Telling the TX Board of Vet Examiners to cease & desist A COMLPAINT INVESTIGATION? HUH? THanks for your thoughts cause YOU make more sense than this letter

Originally posted on Occupy Texas Animal Welfare & Rights:

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My team and I are well aware of a letter submitted to the Texas Board of Veterinarian Medicine via Mr. Bishop, Kristen Lindsey’s lawyer. However, how many people think this is an actual legal standing document?

When reading this letter – many think this must be a joke. I will tell you why. There are many discrepancies within this letter; fact that there is no legal letter head, laws are misquoted and no right minded lawyer would disclose their discussion with the defendants as that is a breach of privacy/code of conduct. Nor would any lawyer – to say the least share with third parties such as the TBVM in such a way. Many are saying this is a cease and desist letter. No, this is not the standard legal structure for one. In fact, the shear look of this is merely a person ranting off at one for questioning…

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Remembering Tiger

I found the DA’s email addy online so I emailed him. I dont excpect much since its TX.

Recently in the news there was a case about a woman-a vet tech-named Kristen LIndsey. This woman posted a photo of herself with a cat that she’d shot in the head with an arrow. In the photo she was smiling holding the dying animal and exclaiming her glee for having killed it. Not long after it was discovered this was not a feral cat but a neighbors domestic cat that had gone missing around the time Ms Lindsey killed the cat in  her photo. At that point, Lindsey changed her story to say that she thought the cat was “rabid” and was “protecting her pets.’ The DA recently announced they would not be pressing charges.Theres a Facebook page for the cat in remembrance of Tiger. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Remembering-Tiger/369833109877538?fref=ts

People are also encouraged to post their own cat photos on their own pages with the hashtag “IAmTiger” …

Those wanting to do more can email the DA

  • travis.koehn@austincounty.com

 

More action…..Contact the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. They have yet to decide whether she’ll lose her license. http://www.veterinary.texas.gov/contact.php

Heres a link to one of the articles about this incident: https://www.facebook.com/kbtxmedia/photos/a.468951027225.256569.27855747225/10153347182437226/?type=1&theater

Heres the letter I sent the DA:

“Dear Sir, I am writing you on behalf of a cat named Tiger. Tiger, you see, is the cat Kristen Lindsey posed with in a horrifying photo online. Your office recently chose not to press charges citing lack of evidence in spite of Ms. Lindsey basically providing it herself I’m sure a highly skilled DA such as yourself could easily punch holes in her claim that she thought it was a feral, rabid animal and that she was protecting her pets from it. I urge you to look at the fact that this woman has training to tell the difference between tame & feral animals.. that .or else she is a very poor vet tech. She should have had the ability to recognize rabies in an animal. There was no foam around the mouth of the cat in her photo & simple testing of the animal could conclusively determine whether or not it was rabid, in addition, seeking Tiger’s vet records from its owners who are now despondent, could have provided those answers. I dont know if you simply have no interest in animals or if you have personal connection to Ms. Lindsey but for there to not be a single charge against her in this case is a travesty. The claim i heard on the news was that there was a lack of evidence. I find this questionable i light of the many points any logical person could conclude from this situation. As a vet tech she feared this animal might have rabies & she was “protecting” her pets, but he had time to go get a bow & arrow, aim it & pose for a photo? with an animal she suspected had rabies??? but shes not wearing any gloves or protection from disease? Hmm. And as a vet tech, she didnt know the ph# to call animal control or cant tell the difference between a tame cat & a feral one either I suppose? She in no way looks terrified in the photo she posed for. No evidence indeed. I urge you to rethink this.

Bianca