Friday, February 18, 2011

Be Angry and Then Write Your Anger

A few hours ago the United States House of Representatives cut funding to Planned Parenthood.  The legislation didn't say we're not going to give Planned Parenthood money for abortions.  We get it that this House will do everything and anything it can to keep women from obtaining abortions.  This measure goes far beyond cutting funding for abortions and if the Republican controlled House could look beyond their spite and fear they might realize that they have also cut funding for birth control, cancer screening HIV testing and many other essential medical services.  Planned Parenthood has prepared letters and urges us to use their wording if we're at a loss for our own and contact every member of Congress or at least our own members of Congress and every United States Senator or at least or own Senators and let them know our outrage.


To the members of the House of Representatives who voted for the Pence Amendment to H.R. 1:

How could you?
How could you betray millions of women — and men, and teens — who rely on Planned Parenthood for basic health care?
How could you condemn countless women in this country to undiagnosed cancer, unintended pregnancies, and untreated illnesses?
Your vote was not only against those who seek care at Planned Parenthood health centers, but against every one of us who has ever sought care there, and against every one of us who knows that when we are healthy, when we are in charge of our lives, we thrive.
It was a vote against me.

To every senator who will soon consider this legislation:

I stand with Planned Parenthood to say to you: STOP THIS.
I stand with Planned Parenthood and the hundreds of thousands of people from every walk of life and every corner of this country who join me in signing this letter to tell you that we will fight this bill and we expect you to do the same.
I stand with and for the millions of women, men, and teens who rely on Planned Parenthood, and I expect you to do the same.

To every member of Congress, know that we stand together today against this outrageous assault, and together we will not lose.

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