Posts tagged Planned Parenthood
Posts tagged Planned Parenthood
A month ago, the story The Right Not to Know appeared in the Texas Observer: one woman’s experience with a second-trimester abortion after discovering her desperately-wanted baby had a genetic defect that meant abortion was by far the more humane choice. This was just after Texas’s new sonogram law went into effect, meaning that she had to endure not only a 24-hour wait, not only have a third (and medically-unnecessary) sonogram, but was also forced to listen to the abortion doctor describe the sonogram images and read off a boilerplate (bullshit) state-mandated script about the risks of abortion.
My heart was breaking as I read the article — I challenge anyone to read it and not be furious — but one paragraph in particular really stood out to me. Emphasis is mine:“I’m so sorry that I have to do this,” the doctor told us, “but if I don’t, I can lose my license.” Before he could even start to describe our baby, I began to sob until I could barely breathe. Somewhere, a nurse cranked up the volume on a radio, allowing the inane pronouncements of a DJ to dull the doctor’s voice. Still, despite the noise, I heard him. His unwelcome words echoed off sterile walls while I, trapped on a bed, my feet in stirrups, twisted away from his voice.
Hang on, I thought. I’d just been to the dentist; the dentist’s office specifically invites you to bring your iPod or other handheld music device to help drown out the sound of the drill, and if you don’t have one, they have one in the office (loaded with Metallica and Guns and Roses and other loud stompy music) that they can lend you. Surely if it works for dentistry, it would work for this as well. This is a problem technology can solve!
The president/CEO of Planned Parenthood of West Texas got back to me this week and said she’d love to take me up on it. So I’m fundraising! She has requested four units (one for Abilene, one for San Angelo, and two for Midland) and it’s possible more clinics might get back to me requesting the same, since I asked the woman who replied to my initial broadcast email to forward it around in a more directed fashion.
The goal right now: $480 to cover four 8GB iPod Nano units and $560 to cover seven pairs (to make sure there’s one spare in each location, since headphones are less durable) of Audio Technica ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling On-Ear Headphones. So, total fundraising goal for this round, which may increase if more clinics get back to me: $1060.
signal boost. please give if you can guys
THIS IS FUCKING AMAZING.
From the website:
EDIT: Thanks (so many thanks!) to everyone for spreading the word about this, we’ve reached the original goal in less than ten hours (even if the widget hasn’t updated yet). At this point, do feel free to keep donating — I’m trying to network with other Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas providing abortion services in the hopes that more of them will be interested, and any amount over-and-above will be used to buy a few backup/additional players (and some iTunes gift cards to help fill up the playlists) and then donated to the organization as cash — but in the interests of cutting out the middleman and getting some cold hard cash into the hands of organizations that are doing good work, please also consider donating to Planned Parenthood directly, or to the National Network of Abortion Funds or a state-specific abortion fund, where your donations can help to preserve women’s right to bodily autonomy and personal choice.
This is SO AWESOME I CAN’T EVEN.
Well yeah, we protect millionaires before all the poor people because TRICKLE DOWN.
There are a few things Rick Santorum should keep in mind before terminating his candidacy. Ashley Judd, Michelle Trachtenberg, Katy Mixon, and Eliza Coupe weigh in.
hahahahaha WORD. :D
Earlier today, the news broke that the Komen Foundation had issued an apology for its decision to stop funding cancer screen and prevention at Planned Parenthood. The apology was nothing more than an attempt to control the damage done to the Komen brand, but the traditional media nonetheless did the work for the foundation by reporting it as a reversal of the Komen Foundation’s decision.
But it’s not.
Greg Sargent reports:I just got off the phone with a Komen board member, and he confirmed that the announcement does not mean that Planned Parenthood is guaranteed future grants — a demand he said would be “unfair” to impose on Komen. He also said the job of the group’s controversial director, Nancy Brinker, is safe, as far as the board is concerned.
Right. So in other words, the foundation’s announcement isn’t reversing anything at all.
Further:Pushed on whether this means the new announcement wasn’t really a reversal, [Komen board member John] Raffelli pushed back, arguing that Komen, in response to all the criticism, had removed politics from the grant-making process. “Is it really unclear that we’re changing the policy to address criticism?” he said.
Yes, it really is unclear. The Komen Foundation needs to state unequivocally that it will continue its long practice of working with Planned Parenthood; otherwise, this looks like nothing more than an attempt to try to change the narrative and the non-stop negative headlines about the foundation’s politicizing of breast cancer prevention.
Oh, and one more thing:Asked if Brinker’s job was safe, Rafelli said: “Yes.” He added that the board “unequivocally” stood behind her.
That would be Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of the foundation, who has spent the last 24 hours chastising critics for criticizing Komen.
So, traditional media, are you still going to keep doing the bidding of the Komen Foundation by pretending it has changed its position? Or are you going to report the truth?
If you want to support an organization that really does care about women’s health, click to donate to Planned Parenthood.
Well, I am really impressed with Komen for one thing…it takes a finely tuned disaster to simultaneously piss of the pro-choicers and the anti-choicers simultaneously in the course of 24 hours.
That’s the catch: they’re only funding existing grants. Planned Parenthood can- at this point- apply for future grants.
Personally, I am not celebrating the fact that they “reversed” their decision. After all of the facts about the Komen Foundation have been brought to light (including that they are headed by GOP supporters, their Policy VP wants to de-fund Planned Parenthood, and they have various other shadypractices), I’m pretty repulsed that they would dare to jeopardize thousands of people’s ability to access the healthcare that they promote and then scramble to kinda-sorta fix the mess when they realized they weren’t going to get some kind of pat on the back. As much as I respect and admire Cecile Richards, I am not grateful for Komen’s decision. They have proved that they are working under an anti-choice, pro-GOP, pro-profit agenda at the expense of people’s health and this was nothing short of a media ploy.
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See, the anti-choice side fights dirty. They don’t care if they lie or harass or coerce people. They don’t care if people die or get hurt. Not as long as their actions impede or stop legal abortion—whatever the cost. This is a zero sum game for them. They use tactics that are dirty and underhanded and there is no place for compromise in their dogma.
Because pro-choice is the compromise.
SGK has proven that, beyond a doubt. They are willing to watch people die in order to advance their anti-choice agenda. That should not be overlooked, and it should not be downplayed.
And it’s to PP’s detriment to let that go unacknowledged and unchallenged. We aren’t in a fair fight here. This is a dirty barroom brawl and the other side fights way dirtier than we do. The least we should be able to expect is for those with the big microphones to call them out on it.
As Shelby Knox put it: