Don’t defund Planned Parenthood

April 11, 2011 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, United States, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Don Collins for this OpEd by Dick Scaife in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.  See http://pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/print_724735.html

Don’t defund Planned Parenthood

By Dick Scaife
Sunday, February 27, 2011

My grandmother was a friend and a supporter of Margaret Sanger, one of America’s earliest, most effective advocates of birth control.

I met Sanger several times before her death in 1966 and was impressed by her intellect and her commitment to many issues, not the least of which was enabling every woman to be “the absolute mistress of her own body,” as she put it.

I didn’t agree with everything the formidable Mrs. Sanger espoused. Yet I respected her dedication to making health-care and birth-control services available to all Americans, especially to those with low incomes, no insurance and no other recourse to medical services.

And I admired her fearless, relentless readiness to stand up for what she believed, despite decades of angry, mean-spirited, often hypocritical attacks on her ideas and her character.

So I am aggravated by the continuing attacks on Sanger and her primary legacy, the Planned Parenthood network that still serves so many Americans today.

Now the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives — urged on by conservatives opposed to abortion — has voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

On this issue, Republicans and conservatives are dead wrong.

To read the full article, please click here: http://pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/print_724735.html


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