Planet Under Siege: Family Planning Critics Soon To See Global Population Reach 7,000,000,000

September 15, 2011 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, United States, Daily Email Recap

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Planet Under Siege: Family Planning Critics Soon To See Global Population Reach 7,000,000,000

By Michael Tobias

August 18, 2011

On August 18th, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified as Tennessee clinched a necessary vote to become the 36th state to duly sign on to the groundbreaking legislation – thus ensuring a woman’s right to vote throughout America. The 19th Amendment forbids discrimination against any voter on the basis of sex. The suffragettes had struggled for years to see this long-overdue basic human right materialize.

Now, 91 years later some Tennessee lawmakers, as well as legislators in several other states, including Indiana, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, have been legally inching their way toward abolishing taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and/or Title X family planning funds, specifically abortion [read: a woman’s right to choose] by singularly targeting Planned Parenthood. These glaring challenges threaten not only the integrity, human rights, privacy and sovereignty of women, but are an assault on the prospects of an ecological future for the very children those who have attacked women pretend to care about.

A recent Guttmacher Institute study reveals that the rate of “unintended pregnancies in the United States ranks among the highest among the world’s most developed countries” and costs American taxpayers at least $11 billion per year. In addition, “for every dollar spent on contraception for low-income women, the government saves four dollars in medical costs within the next year by averting unwanted pregnancies,” according to Susan Cohen director of government affairs for the aforementioned Guttmacher Institute.

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