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This is what bravery looks like.
Planned Parenthood is excited to be launching our new Tumblr that’s all about sexual and reproductive health – bodies, birth control, relationship issues, “is it normal for this to do this?” type things. In the coming weeks and months we’ll be sharing what we know, answering questions, and just… tumblring.
We hope you like it! And we hope it helps.
"Women know the financial, social and physical costs of not having access to basic health care. And make no mistake, contraception is basic health care. Yet the all-male panel at Rep. Issa’s congressional hearing on birth control coverage last week, at which no woman who disagreed with him was permitted to speak, exposed the persistent belief that women simply do not know what is best for them and are not qualified to comment."
One more reason to love Martha Plimpton. This is a great article.
Take a look at who relies on contraception: 58 percent of women use it for purposes OTHER than family planning.
It was a procedure day at this clinic, so there were a ton of protesters outside. Suddenly, a woman — this stately matron in a power suit — comes up to the group of protesters and yells, ‘EVERYBODY GET OUT OF MY WAY!! I HAVE A YEAST INFECTION!!’ and busts through them, pushing everyone aside, to get to the clinic entrance. Took any of the power out of the protesters. It was magnificent.
The only real chance they have of saving face is a sincere apology to Planned Parenthood, a sincere apology to those people who’s health they’re willing to risk for political gain, and a reinstatement of the grant money. They’ll never do it, though.
It doesn’t matter anyway. None of us will ever look at the pink ribbon the same way again.
The pressure on the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation to reverse its decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings for poor people — a decision which has caused an uproar among women’s groups and on social media — is about to get significantly more intense. Nearly two dozen Senators are set to enter the fray.
22 Dem Senators have signed on to a toughly worded letter urging Komen to reverse its decision, which Komen has justified by citing a new rule prohibiting it from funding any group under investigation by the government. (This has conferred legitimacy and signficance on the probe into Planned Parenthood that has been launched by anti-abortion GOP Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida.)
That’s a significant number of Senators for a letter of this nature, and it makes it more likely that this fight will escalate in a huge way, if Republican Senators begin speaking out in defense of the decision, as David Vitter has. More signatories are likely.
Raising the stakes, the letter — which was spearheaded by Senator Frank Lautenberg — explicitly raises the possibility of “thousands” of women losing access to “potentially life-saving screenings because of a politically motivated attack.
In spite of the fact that it’s clear Komen for the Cure has prioritized fetuses over women, they’re in damage control mode now, insisting in the face of evidence to the contrary that their actions are the result of high-minded concern for women and not mythology-based concern for ideology.
They have updated their Facebook page - but commenters still are not buying the B.S.
As of this post’s writing, there have been over 1,000 comments on that Komen post alone, most of them negative, many of them promising to withdraw financial support, which, according to whoever wrote Komen’s defense, is “hurting women.”
With this maneuver, though, Komen for the Cure’s anti-choice political agenda appears to have backfired. Planned Parenthood’s been flooded with support and promises for contributions from supporters. The organization doesn’t yet have figures on how much money flowed in from donors over the last 24 hours, but we’ll keep you up to speed.
In the meantime, the family planning organization has launched a Breast Health Emergency Fund to assure that services for low income women aren’t interrupted, because unlike Susan G Komen For the Cure, cancer doesn’t care if you’re poor or pro-choice.
The good news: some 82% of us are talking to our teens about sex. We’re consistently sharing our values about when sex is appropriate, and we’re working hard to help our kids distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Where we’re falling short is that we’re not concretely explaining how to prevent problems like unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Though the vast majority of the survey respondents had talked to their kids, more than a quarter conceded they hadn’t shared tips about how to say no to sex. And while 94% thought they could influence their teens’ decisions about whether to use condoms and other forms of birth control when the time came, only 60% had actually talked to their kids about different methods of birth control.
Can I marry this girl’s brain? I love her for debunking such a propagandic video.
I think I love her.
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Donate! Planned Parenthood! AMY FREAKING POEHLER!
You know who’s awesome? Amy Poehler is awesome. (You’re like, “Duh, tell me something I don’t know.”) Check out the fundraising e-mail she penned for Planned Parenthood -
Hi ____,You know who is awesome? Cecile Richards. She’s the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She’s smart, she’s tough, and she’s totally dedicated to fighting for women’s health. And you know who else totally rules? Every single doctor and nurse and receptionist and volunteer who shows up at a Planned Parenthood health center to make sure that every person who walks through their door gets the care they need.
And when it comes to Planned Parenthood, there’s one more group of people who are really, truly, no-kidding awesome: the members who give money and time to make it all possible. I should know. I’m one of them.
You should be, too. In fact, you should stop reading this email right now and click here to become a Planned Parenthood Federation of America member like me this very second. Helping Planned Parenthood help women is always a good thing, but right now it’s even better because some very generous donors will make a $50 gift to Planned Parenthood Federation of America for every new member who pledges at least $5 per month (but only until June 30, so do it now).
You get these emails, you pay attention — you already know how important Planned Parenthood is. But now is an especially important time to give and become a member. Pledge $5 right now (more if you can afford it!), and you’ll generate an immediate $50 gift to Planned Parenthood. There’s no better way to have an impact for women’s health than being a member — and right now is the best time to give.
Admit it, that’s pretty convincing. You know it’s time to reach for that credit card and make your donation. But if you’re still not sold, think back to the first time you went to a Planned Parenthood health center, scared or broke or confused or hopeful. Think about your friends, or your sister, or your daughter, son, niece, or nephew. Think about every person out there who has nowhere else to go, nobody else to count on, nobody but Planned Parenthood.
It’s up to us to make sure Planned Parenthood is strong enough to protect their rights and their health. Especially because we are having a moment right now when people are trying to come up with new ways to make the lives of all the folks who rely on Planned Parenthood pretty difficult. What makes it possible for Planned Parenthood to make a real, irreplaceable difference for those folks are members like me — and hopefully you.
So why are you still reading? You should be click-click-clicking right here to become a member!
Thanks for reading this, thanks for joining or renewing, thanks for sticking with the incredible people at this incredible organization, and thanks for joining me in saying that Planned Parenthood is awesome!
Click here to donate to Planned Parenthood.