Planned Parenthood cuts elicit negative responses
If you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks you should know that on February 18, 2011 the U.S. House of Representatives voted to strip Federal funding from all Planned Parenthood facilities in the country. At this very moment, the Senate is in the process of making their decision on the issue. For the past week or so I've been searching for the reasons why our government would be willing to deprive millions of people basic healthcare.
For years our country has battled over the universal healthcare issue; making healthcare affordable and attempting to rehabilitate the current system we're living under now, but in the meantime individuals like myself, who don't receive health insurance, go to Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood is a leader in reproductive healthcare. It provides reproductive healthcare to anyone, despite their insurance status or ability to pay. They provide basic healthcare services such as breast and cervical cancer screenings, testing and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases (STD's), pap smears, birth control, and all things of that nature.
The legislation for these services falls under the name of "Title X." According to the Public Affairs Specialist of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, Sam Wald, 120,000 men, women, and teens seek treatment at one of the 17 health centers throughout Los Angeles County.
The basic services I've just listed are what the House of Representatives decided to cut its fellow Americans. Wald later explained exactly what these were. "What the House of Representatives cut is basic healthcare services things like breast and cervical cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing, pap smears, and birth control," said Wald.
If you've been keeping up with the media attention on this matter, the controversial topic of abortion comes up endlessly throughout the chaotic coverage. "I want to make one thing perfectly clear there's been a lot of talk about abortion throughout the debate; this has nothing to do with abortions," Wald said. Speaking of which, according to Planned Parenthood's Los Angeles Agency Overview, 93 percent of patients visit for contraception and preventative care. Only 7 percent of patients visit for abortion care.
When you look at the numbers, this bill will end funding for contraceptives. Meaning millions of women won't have access to birth control, which we all know prevents pregnancies. Women not using birth control increase the chances of unplanned pregnancies. Point blank.
Now I wonder if the ringleader of this operation, Republican Mike Pence, the man who introduced the bill to the House of Representatives, thought about the potential consquences of this budget cut. Maybe he will when a child of his comes home with some unexpected news about his/hers high school sweetheart.
That the government is attempting to strip away what little healthcare coverage millions of low-income people receive is appalling. Planned Parenthood is a lifesaver for providing proper contraceptives for free, ritual check-ups for free and STD and HIV testing for free. The reassurance and help Planned Parenthood's facilities have provided me, and millions of others, with over the years is invaluable.
The outcome of this can be tragic. Millions of women, men, and teens will be without the basic healthcare they once had. The basics! Our government is sending the message, "I can careless about you and your well being" To its people.
Yes, we're in a recession, we need to cut spending, but this decision will cause too much harm to American people.