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Concerning women’s healthcare

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
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By Yvonne Nyenhuis

We send representatives to the government to serve us. It is not our job to serve them.

Over 90 percent of American women have used some kind of birth control in their lifetimes, yet it is harder every day for women to obtain affordable healthcare. Across the country family planning clinics are being closed. Lawmakers have started attacking access to contraception, (which reduces the need for abortion.)

Women are losing access to low cost family planning services, to public hospitals during a health emergency and their right to privacy. If we seriously want our country to be a democracy, rules should not be made by a radical minority.

In some states women are required to undergo and pay for unnecessary ultrasound procedures prior to having an abortion. In Ohio, Governor John Kasich, surrounded by men, signed a bill that “simultaneously made it harder to prevent a pregnancy, harder to terminate one and harder for low income women to keep their babies.(Amanda Marcotte) “Senator Orrin Hatch asserted that abortion constitutes 95 percent of what Planned Parenthood does as an organization. The same claim was made by Senator John Kyl and debunked. Senator Hatch apparently didn’t get the message and repeated the falsehood on FRCS in an interview with Tony Perkins (“People for the American Way”submitted by Kyle Montyla). Actually the amount spent on abortion is 3 percent!

Pro-life advocates like to showcase their position as “we against them”. They present themselves as being “for” the life of the unborn. They reiterate that those who are “pro-choice” are evil and are “for” abortion.

I have been for “choice” as long as I can remember but I have never liked the idea of abortion. I find when talking to others who support “choice” that they feel as I do. I came to realize, the truth underlying this issue is that we are “all” pro-life! The difference in concept is how we respond to women’s needs.

I discussed abortion with my eldest son on a rare visit. He said he is “pro-choice” but feels that a woman should decide within the first trimester if she wants to terminate her pregnancy. We agreed there can be extenuating circumstances and that a woman and her doctor should decide what procedures she should follow. Her fate should not be determined by lawmakers in Congress.

Abortion was made legal in 1973 in a decision by the Supreme Court because desperate women were resorting to seeking help in “back alleys”. There were no regulations, often unsanitary conditions and many women died.

We have representatives in Congress who believe it is their duty to see that women carry to full term but don’t believe that government has a role in taking care of these babies once they are born. They unabashedly wish to cut funding for the WIC program, Head Start, school lunches, and food stamps.

There are three suggestions for action that I’ve heard from “pro-life” advocates. The first is “abstinence’ (which I have noted before is not enthusiastically embraced) and the other is making abortion illegal. The Republican platform calls for making abortion a “criminal offense”.

These are not solutions to the problems women face. The third is adoption. Adoption can offer an option to women who want to carry to full term and are not able to raise a child. There is nothing wrong with protecting the life of unborn babies, but the best way to do this is through education, prevention of becoming pregnant and programs which give women support who wish to carry to full term but need help.

Making abortion illegal would not stop desperate women from getting abortions. They would resort to going back to unsafe sources. Making abortion illegal does not offer a solution to women’s problems. It is a ‘cop-out”, a way of avoiding responsibility. Pro-life advocates are unwilling to confront the complex realities of women’s healthcare. There is rape and incest and medical complications. It’s possible for a girl who is 10 years old to become pregnant. There are other elements such as drugs, alcohol, mental illness and poverty that also may become part of the equation. Pro-life” advocates choose to dismiss the very real problems that women face.

Cats and dogs don’t sit around and discuss birth control. Human beings unlike other animals have been given the ability to reason. The ability to reason implies “choice”. We don’t have to be victims of our biology. Some people see unwanted or unplanned pregnancies as an “act of God”, but God also gave us the ability to think critically and to solve problems.

Listening to lawmakers discuss women’s health issues has been embarrassing. Their ignorance and total lack of understanding about women’s bodies is alarming. That government officials at both state and federal levels have been allowed to shape healthcare policies for women has resulted in wholesale discrimination against women!

Divesting women of the power to make personal decisions is morally wrong, but there are practical considerations as well. Women are a major part of the work force. They are partners in providing for families. In some cases they are the sole providers. They need to be in control of their health in order to make a living.

In closing I might ask, “Where are the men?” Somehow the burden falls on women. Women don’t have babies by immaculate conception! If a woman is to be sent to prison for having an abortion, perhaps the man who got her pregnant should serve time as well.

It is time we put this issue behind us and devote our efforts to creating well paying jobs, increasing revenue to facilitate government spending, protecting the environment, lessening crime and improving our justice system, healthcare and education.


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5:10:18, Aug 27th 2014

hawkeyejay says:
Just like Yvonne to trot out the " Republican War On Women" routine. I guess if I was in her shoes I wouldn't want to talk about the mess in the Middle East, misbehavior by the IRS,or a chief executive so disconnected, lost, and sick of trying to clean up his own mess he just goes golfing instead. But since the subject of Planned Parenthood Federation of America [PPFA] is up for discussion, let's examine the facts.
Who cares about how much they say they SPEND on abortion services? PPFA committed 327,000 abortions in fiscal year 2012 grossing $171,000,000.00 dollars! [ all figures quoted here are from their own annual report for fiscal year 7/1/12 to 6/30/13. u can look it up.] That amounts to 55.7% of their income. Almost all the rest is taxpayer money except a tidy sum from the sale of " emergency contraception kits" which are just high dosage hormonal " morning after" pills that have dangerous health consequences. So much for PPFA being concerned about women's health. They are all about making obscene amounts of money and don't care one snap about women.
Yvonne wants us to think funding is being cut to PPFA, but what does the report say? Funding has gone up 77% since 2006 to a whopping $541 MILLION taxpayer dollars. Well then, services must be skyrocketing, correct? WRONG!!
Cancer screening: DOWN 39%
Prenatal services; DOWN 32%
customer base : DOWN to 2003 levels.
And don't tell me no taxpayer dollars go to perform abortions. Paying the light bill and all the other overhead is all part of the operation. Its all going to support something that is repugnant to many of us on a moral basis and we resent it.
And by the way, many of the " procedures" that raked in all those millions were gender based abortions that took the lives of innocent baby girls just because mommy and daddy wanted a boy.
Now that's what I call a real WAR ON WOMEN.

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