Human bodies are complex and require a lot of care and maintenance. That’s why we go to doctors and specialists to make sure everything is in working order. These doctors go to school for many years and acquire an exorbitant amount of debt, which in turn causes their prices to become high. Health insurance is available to offset these costs, but not everyone can afford it. This is why government programs provide assistance to around 60 percent of Americans, according to the 2014 census.
Aside from the costs of just being a human, females have extra costs for care. From feminine products to gynecologists, women have to pay more and worry about more conditions than men do.
That’s where Planned Parenthood comes in. There, women, and men, can get necessary medical exams, advice, and prescriptions, as well as many other services. Yes, this organization provides birth control and abortions to those who need it, but there are many myths surrounding that. When a woman comes to them, she is scared and nervous, and they know that. So, they give her options and educate her on all of them. If the woman does decide to abort an unplanned fetus, she has until 16 weeks after her last period to do so. At this point, the abortion is completely legal, as determined by the “Roe v. Wade” trial of 1973.
Second, they don’t profit on an aborted fetus’ body parts. The supposed videos have been deemed false and the CEO of Planned Parenthood said that they do not condone such practices. However, it’s completely legal to donate tissue samples to scientific researchers. Their research could possibly lead to many medical advancements for women and babies. Using these tissue samples is no different than marking ‘organ donor’ on a driver’s license. In fact, we congratulate those who do. Aside from the accusations surrounding abortions, Planned Parenthood is known for doing so much more for women and men. They provide regular check ups, breast cancer screenings, STI/STD tests, cancer screenings, and much more. However, these essential services cost money and sometimes their efforts to make them more affordable for those who need them is not enough. That is where government funding comes in.
Republican members of congress, that represent the people, are mostly old white men. These men make decisions for Americans regarding their rights and protections. These men are also trying to make choices for women about their bodies. They don’t want women to have access to free or subsidized birth control and condoms. Then, when that woman inevitably gets pregnant, they do not want her to have an abortion. When the woman cannot afford the baby once it is born (keep in mind, this is after she has not been able to afford the proper prenatal care), they condemn her for applying for government assistance. So, the woman gives the baby up for adoption, where they will be raised in foster care because of how difficult and expensive it is to adopt a child in the United States.
That all being said, I fail to see how defunding programs like Planned Parenthood would be beneficial to anyone. I also cannot understand how men think they can make decisions for women about their bodies and what they can do with them. These representatives are supposed to advocate for what the people want. I highly doubt that the women they are representing want them to control her body.
Planned Parenthood is not the villain here. All they want to do is help people by keeping them healthy, both physically and mentally. What do these men in congress really want? Clearly they are not too concerned about health, so it seems to be money that’s more important than women. Apparently time travel is possible since our society has reverted back about 200 years.
Alexa Story is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.