To add to my last post, is it any coincidence that violence against clinics has gone down as more states go GOP?
Because clinics are forced to close. Republicans are fed the tired lie that Planned Parenthood only performs abortions and performs them on-demand. None of that is true. PP helps with reproductive health as well as mammograms, prenatal care, STI testing, but abortions are not performed at any PP clinic anywhere because of federal law.
This is a classic example of the PP Kool Aid being drank again. No Planned Parenthood clinic does mammograms, only breast screenings. Planned Parenthood likes to trot out the 97 percent number, but the way they get to it is misleading, as lets say a woman is pregnant. The same woman will get a pregnancy test, prenatal care, and an abortion for the same pregnancy. They will break these out separately so that it looks like abortion is only 33 percent, but it was the treatment of the same pregnancy.
Be that as it may though, the real thing that shows what they are all about was the Dr. Leana Wen firing. For those of you who don't know, Dr. Leana Wen was named PP president after Cecile Richards (who interestingly enough is the daughter of the last Democratic governor in Texas, before she lost and unleashed George W. Bush on us) retired. As president, Dr. Wen wanted to lead Planned Parenthood into a more broad based healthcare network where they truly did provide and focus on a variety of health care options for Women. Because she wanted Planned Parenthood to go in this direction, with less emphasis on Abortion, a lot of times she didnt even mention abortion when she did interviews. This really angered the Planned Parenthood BOD, who's number one goal is for their clinics to perform more abortions (there is a big money element to this). Therefore Dr. Wen was told to pursue other interests, and to counter the narrative that PP is a racist organization (Which it originally was because Margaret Sanger was herself a racist and wanted to eliminate the black population), they hired the current president. Here are a couple of articles from non partisan sources, including from Dr. Wen herself on this.https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/07/17/leana-wen-planned-parenthood-227400/https://www.yahoo.com/news/planned-parenthoods-former-president-says-040100112.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAA_Unth7KKRre7J-ECPLhiQ4i-jRtg5-Obo6LLcS4CTyE4RJ5AklV_dwTAj3rg4AsFvvtUEGwuvkMV5UYCni0GqvXYno-ZkBw5tWOVCyukpFVMkhVDtActtT5qtGQ46_PFBO-c7WALcKaWEC3nbwnRmq_9dnw_KL31XZBdbtK64Ihttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/opinion/sunday/leana-wen-planned-parenthood.html
I have also heard from many Planned Parenthood workers that the more abortions they do, the higher the bonuses are, and if you don't perform enough abortions, you are fired. It is blatantly obvious where this organizations priorities are. And they don't even have the guts to tell Dr. Wen to her face that she was fired (She read about it in a WSJ article I believe)
I don't care where you stand on the abortion issue, but the PP gaslighting really bothers me. We can debate the merits of Roe V Wade and the Texas law, and we should be having those debates. But I do not believe that PP is an organization that acts in the best interest of women, and I believe they are very deceptive in what they offer and everyone just buys it hook line and sinker. In fact...I just went to their website and for an organization that is about health care, to only have one MD on the board of directors is very telling.
That being said, I have a lot of issues with the Texas law as is written, and even Trump says its not going to be on the books for long.
Not related to this issue, but since her firing Dr. Wen imo has been doing an outstanding job with the Pandemic, and it is my opinion that she, not Dr. Fauci, should be leading te governments efforts on this. That is an issue for a different thread though.