Friday, February 18, 2011

Role Model: Representative Jackie Speier


"But for you to stand on this floor and to suggest, as you have, that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought is preposterous. To think that we are here tonight debating this issue when the American people, if they are listening, are scratching their heads and wondering what does this have to do with me getting a job? What does this have to do with reducing the deficit? And the answer is nothing at all," - Rep. Jackie Speier.

I am so glad that Representative Jackie Speier has told her story. Not all abortion procedures are sought out by teenagers or harlots, as the anti-choice movement would like you to think. The House of Representatives has just voted to stop government funding to Planned Parenthood and soon this vote will move to Congress. Planned Parenthood is famously divisive because some offices provide abortions or give information to women who want to find a place to get an abortion, but they do more than that. They also talk to women who are pregnant to help them look at their options and decide whether or not an abortion is right for them. They provide HIV testing, family planning, cancer screenings, and birth control. Does that sound like an evil place to you?

If your personal opinion is that you would never get an abortion? Fine. That's perfectly okay. You are entitled to your beliefs and may certainly keep them. However you cannot in good conscience force your beliefs upon others. What someone else does or does not do with their own body is none of your business. Allow them the freedom and respect to make those choices on their own.

Stand with Planned Parenthood and sign the petition to show Congress that they need to stop this ignorant and inconsiderate cut of funding at www.ppaction.org/IStandWithPP.

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