So, I will have a lot more to say on this topic, but I want to make one point really quickly.
A “friend”, recently shared Alliance Defending Freedom’s video of a 10th undercover about Planned Parenthood. In a volley of exchange comments, the conversation (which I will link here, once redacted to protect the “friend”, more context below) – she made this statement:
[…] I’d love to stop funding a major abortion centered company.
And I called her our in my reply that this statement is propaganda. What is propaganda?
information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
Ok, I understand that the Christian-Right would like to see all abortions stop, because they believe that life begins at conception, and doing so is murder. However, doing these videos, and this statement is very biased attempt to publicize the political cause to remove public funding from Planned Parenthood. It’s not only misleading, but this statement is incorrect.
Fact, only 3% of Planned Parnethood’s services are abortion related. In some states, Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide abortions at all. It is also currently illegal for federal funds to be used for abortion services.
Planned Parenthood provides a range of subsidized health services to people that can’t afford it otherwise. (The ACA did not help everyone … and some states still refuse to enact the full ACA.)
So, if your belief is that abortion is wrong, and would like to defund Planned Parenthood – just be honest about it. A better statement is “Because they provide abortions services at some locations, as a result, I’d would like to see all public funding removed, nation wide for all locations.”
I think made a great reply … that unfortunately I didn’t save. I think it hit a nerve, because she deleted the that reply. After I called her on deleting my reply, and respond to another commenter that he was also wrong (with citations) – I was unfriended. And the original post – is either set as friends only, or was also deleted.
I’m going to recreate my reply that addressed Women’s issue, women and ISIS (despite being off topic) – and the over sexualizing of women (again, off topic) … as I thought I had a great reply. Obvious too good. Stay Tuned.
David P. Discher: Well, I’ve seen enough of your posts, and in addition, you shared propaganda to Defund Planned Parenthood – an organization (which is not likely perfect) – but main goal is to education, and provide the most needed, with health care, testing, screening and birth control. I’ve had former lovers/girlfriends that depended on Planned Parenthood. So indirectly, I’m healthy and have never faced this very difficult choice because of this organization.
Abstinence itself isn’t bad – the way its being taught, but “Abstinence- only” teaching, in some area, mandated by law by the same political force attempting to defund PP – is in fact, bad.
FRIEND: I agree abstinence only education is terrible. People aren’t fish that all swim the same current. Yes, I’d love to stop funding a major abortion centered company. We now have more affordable health care in the US. PP isn’t the only place to go. I also don’t think it’s as innocent and simple as they claim. I think they have their lobbyists, politicians, celebrities, etc who try to sell their propaganda. Women’s rights? How about we fight for real women’s rights? How about the poor women being abused by ISIS? How about the over sexualizing women here in the US? Anyways, nice chatting with you. Will you catch tomorrow’s debate?