Where Chacha’s donation went and why you should donate too

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.)

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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.

7 Responses to “Where Chacha’s donation went and why you should donate too”

  1. Cheyanne Says:

    I was an intern at Planned Parenthood in college. The scope of their care is enormous. I guess when I tell people I worked at PP they think I was holding people down while they had forced abortions or something. Nope. I was working on fundraiser mailing lists, helping to teach high school kids about safe sex, consent and pregnancy prevention and teaching women how to perform monthly self breast exams.

  2. Rented life Says:

    Planned parenthood provided me health care services a few years ago. There was a gap in health insurance and they were there

  3. Leigh Says:

    What a great place for chacha to pick! Some of my charity budget goes there every year.

  4. MutantSupermodel Says:

    I love this donation! SO MUCH!

  5. Donna Freedman Says:

    I went to PP for birth control at age 19 and 20. On one visit the doc noticed I sounded hoarse and asked if I were ill. Sore throat, I said, but I can’t afford to go to a doctor. She took my temp and peeked down my throat and wound up writing me a prescription for antibiotics. Also mentioned that more than a few of her patients never went to the doctor, which led to their birth control appointments becoming general health exams.

    Still not wealthy, but I donate to Planned Parenthood.


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