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Time to Stretch Your Political Legs!

March 7, 2011

We shall return to our regularly scheduled program of art to make the heart sing and the mind think once we’ve all had a little moment to stretch.  Stretch our political legs that is!

If you live in the US, you live in a country where you can make your voice heard.  For better or worse, that is the case!  And, if your reps are doing their jobs (and want to be re-elected…), They might just listen if enough of us speak up.  Stretch your legs, use your voice!  Make Yourself Heard.

The lucky thing for us is, oftentimes we don’t have to bring our entire infrastructure to standstill or oust totalitarian leaders by force, we just have to pick up the phone and call, sign a petition or send in a letter!

Amazing! What a world we live in.  And it’s easy to spread the word too!  Twitter, facebook, email, conversation–pick your socialization tool of choice!  The wonders abound!

So really, there’s no reason for you not to make yourself heard and be involved in what our government is doing….after all, don’t forget it will by necessity affect you.  It. Will.

Here’s my current news broadcast:

The House voted to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding now the Senate has a chance to stop this bill. If it passes, millions of women will be cut off from access to birth control, cancer screenings, HIV tests, and more. Tell your senators to put a stop to this attack on Planned Parenthood. Take action now:
http://www.ppaction.org/VoteNO1″

Planned Parenthood has been demonized in recent years because their centers provide abortions.  There is a lot I could say on that , but I think it pretty much cuts to the heart of why Planned Parenthood is often the subject of attack:  people hate choice, people try to take out providers (through violence or legislation or intimidation).  Perhaps we can have a more detailed discussion on this issue at a later date.

For now, I’m here to remind you of the importance of Planned Parenthood centers!  They are not solely abortion clinics, frankly many of them don’t even provide abortions and ALL of them provide a whole lot more.  Healthcare.  Planned Parenthoods centers provide STD testing, cancer screenings, birth control, annual physical exams, primary care and education on safe sex and a broad range of health issues.  So those protesters?  yeah, you protesters protesting against the people coming in for….Mammograms?  Who ever heard of protesting who want to make sure they don’t have breast cancer? Yeah.  That’s right, no one!  That’s why a lot of the anti-choice folks don’t want anyone to remember that not everyone who walks into a Planned Parenthood is seeking an abortion.  It doesn’t help them look nearly as sexy or righteous if their targets are older women who are not so readily demonized.

Let’s bring up some more Planned Parenthood things that aren’t usually talked about!

Here are some Fun Facts that you may not have known about Planned Parenthood:

1) Nearly 100 years old! That’s right!  What is today the Planned Parenthood Federation of America was started with a single clinic opened by Margaret Sanger in 1916.  It wasn’t until 1923 that the organization became incorporated but the clinic in 1916 was the start of it all.  Here’s some information on the world of Margaret Sanger:

“In Sanger’s America, women cannot vote, sign contracts, have bank accounts, or divorce abusive husbands. They cannot control the number of children they have or obtain information about birth control, because in the 1870s a series of draconian measures, called the Comstock laws, made contraception illegal and declared information about family planning and contraception “obscene.”

Sanger knows the tragic toll of such ignorance. Her mother had 18 pregnancies, bore 11 children, and died in 1899 at the age of 40. Working as a nurse with immigrant families on New York’s Lower East Side, Sanger witnesses the sickness, misery, and death that result from unwanted pregnancy and illegal abortion. The clinic she opens provides contraceptive advice to poor, immigrant women, some of whom line up hours before the doors open.”

 

2) Planned Parenthood’s funding through law Title X began with Lyndon Johnson naming Family Planning as a critical need in the War on Poverty, the law Title X was signed in under Nixon.

 

3) 1 in 5 women in the USA have used Planned Parenthood health services at some time in their lives.

 

Three facts for today!

check out Planned Parenthood–History and Successes for More Information

 

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