Chacha won our “most commenting of 2015″ contest (even though she wasn’t aware she’d entered, she had, oh, she had). That means she got to pick where we donated our last month’s blog earnings to. How much did we donate? Well, we topped it up so that we could give $100. That seems like a nice number.
Where did she pick? Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood is a non-profit that provides women’s health care and reproductive information world-wide. They do cancer screenings and reproductive health for men and women, as well as pre-natal care and access to family planning. They are a force for good in this world, allowing women control over their own bodies, helping families (including low income families who don’t have other options) plan the family size that is best for them, and providing health care to those who would not otherwise be able to afford it.
Unfortunately they are under attack in the US. The only reason that we can think of is that the Patriarchy wants to keep women down. They want poor people to remain poor. They want women to remain permanently pregnant. The want rich white men in control always and forever. It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but is there any other explanation about why there’s so much push to cut government funding for non-abortion services? (Abortion services already do not receive government funding.)
Because of this lack of government funding, Planned Parenthood has had to scale back considerably. In much of the country, women now have to drive hours, possibly across states, to use their services. That means that a lot of women are no longer able to get access to safe, affordable birth control, cancer screenings, or, yes, abortions. That means more unwanted babies being born in bad circumstances. More women dying of preventable diseases. More back-alley abortions. Real people are being hurt.
What can you do? Well, your donations won’t make up for the government cut-backs, but every dollar still helps. Donate.
And write your government officials. Tell them you want funding restored. Healthcare for women is important for everyone. It’s important for this country.
Join ChaCha in helping this important organization. And thank you.