It defies common sense that video stalkers and their Republican allies in Congress want to destroy Planned Parenthood, the organization that since 1916 has been foremost in preventing unwanted pregnancies and, hence, abortions.
My wife and I have supported Planned Parenthood since the early 1960s, years before Roe v. Wade. That was an era, just before The Pill, when new contraceptives — especially the diaphragm and foam — had made it possible for millions of women to escape the role that religion or simple male passion had put them in, that is, making as many babies as possible. (Though it would not be until 1965 that Planned Parenthood won a Supreme Court decision that ended all state and local laws outlawing the use of contraceptives by married couples.)
The irony — and hypocrisy — of the recent Senate defunding vote is that the Republican backers said they would take the federal money Planned Parenthood can by law use only for non-abortion care and spend it for women’s health in other ways.
This promise from the same Republican Party that has tried for many years to sabotage the 700 Planned Parenthood health care clinics and is still trying to kill Obamacare, which — you guessed it — includes provisions for improving the reproductive health care for women.
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The same Republican Party that in 2015, in state legislatures it controls, has already passed more than 50 new restrictions to prevent a woman from getting legal health care.
John N. Rippey