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I always know it’s nearing an election year when Planned Parenthood starts taking all the flak that the misogynists can dish out. Again, these same people are trying to defund an organization that has always stood firmly in every woman’s corner.

Taken from, Leslie Saizillo –the Daily Kos:

In one simple quote, Sister Joan Chittister, author of 50 books and a lecturer and outspoken advocate for women who holds a PHD. from Penn State University, and is also a research associate in a division of Cambridge University, sums up the hypocrisy in the ‘pro-life’ movement.

“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth…”

This quote applies to many Republican lawmakers and anti-choice extremists who continue to introduce/pass misogynist laws trying to restrict a woman’s reproductive rights.

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 A special target is always Planned Parenthood.

Let’s talk about the fetal tissue that the so-called pro-lifers are so concerned about. Tissue from elective abortions and miscarriages are/have been used by scientists for research into: regenerating organs, learning how the human body works, how medicines and toxin affect a fetus—that’s just to name a few of its studied properties. Make no mistake, this tissue benefits humanity.

In 1954 the Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded for work with fetal tissue that led to developing a vaccine against polio.

Planned Parenthood is only reimbursed for the costs of the shipping of the disputed tissue, and further, each woman has to give her consent for its use.

This whole to do is simply about shutting down Planned Parenthood.

What could anyone have against women receiving counseling about birth control — protecting their bodies from unwanted pregnancies, assistance with sexually-transmitted diseases, gynecological health check-ups, and yes, abortion, too? Would you rather women get a back alley procedure that might kill her? How does anyone who wants to save a life justify that?

While people stand outside of clinics protesting, pretending they really care about life, children right here and now are starving, homeless, and in great need. Why aren’t they concerned about them?

Instead, they continue to try to defeat an organization that has done nothing but help women, many horribly distressed women who have no where else to turn to.

If people truly don’t believe in abortion, than they shouldn’t have one, but I know from my experience as a nurse – time after time, many women would come in for an abortion and the first thing they would say: “You know, I don’t believe in abortion.”

I guess no one believes in abortion until they need one.


#4 of the RN Gina Mazzio medical thriller series, BONE OF CONTENTION, deals with the complex issue of legalized abortion. Gina, as always, is not afraid to engage in any battle that threatens her patients.




  1. kellistanley

    Great blog, Bette! And so true, unfortunately. I’ve never understood how “pro-life” often translates into “anti-poor”, “anti-people of color”, and “anti-women.”


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