There’s no question the government and America as a whole are having facing financial woes. Republicans and Democrats can’t seem to come to an agreement about what programs and projects need to be cut from the budget. One program/institution that has Republicans and Democrats fighting is Planned Parenthood. Although I’m not sure of the accuracy of the amount, it is estimated that Planned Parenthood receives about 349.6 million dollars from the federal government. Republicans want to cut funding for the institution because the program is the main provider of abortions for women in the United States.
Abortion has been a hot button in the United States for decades. Thanks to Roe v. Wade, women have the right to choose but if funding is cut for Planned Parenthood, it is definitely going to be harder for women to exercise this right safely. Whether you are pro life or pro choice, you have to respect the bravery of a woman who chooses to get an abortion. When a woman decides to have an abortion, it isn’t a nonchalant choice that is made in haste. It is not a pleasant experience for the woman or anyone around her. It is quite painful mentally, physically and emotionally. She has thought about it very carefully and is putting her body and morality on the line. She is doing it for the welfare of her child. When she gets the abortion, she is faced to deal with others unjustly judging her after such a painful ordeal.
With that being said, women who are denied access to institutions such as Planned Parenthood may have to take matters in their own hand. Back alley abortions, lye, wire hangers, and herbs may once again become cheap and fashionable ways to terminate unwanted pregnancies.
Those who support this funding cut also need to realize that Planned Parenthood does more than just provide women with abortions. Planned Parenthood provides women with contraceptives such as birth control pills, condoms and emergency contraception. The institution also provides women and men with sexually transmitted disease screenings, testicular, cervical, and breast health screenings, sex education classes, and pregnancy tests and counseling. If the funding for Planned Parenthood is cut, women who cannot go to a gynecologist or a regular physician would not have any options available to them.
Simply put, cutting the funding to Planned Parenthood equates to cutting women off from a valuable resource. Although Republicans are anti-abortion, to cut the majority of the funding would be anti woman. Lots of women rely on places such as Planned Parenthood and with less funding, the institution wouldn’t be able to help as many women.
As previously stated, many women rely on Planned Parenthood for birth control. Without affordable access pregnancy would rise, many unwanted. This would cause the government to have to spend MORE money to provide women with abortions and MORE money to pump into WIC, Welfare and other programs.
Just something to think about.