In recent months, multiple videos have come out exposing Planned Parenthood and its activities concerning what it does with marketing and selling baby body parts.
I know that many petitions have been set up to defund Planned Parenthood, to investigate it, or to prosecute it. Defunding Planned Parenthood, alone, will not end abortion.
Abortion is said to constitute three percent of what Planned Parenthood does, but we know that three percent consists of roughly 300,000 abortions done yearly (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_Parenthood). An estimated $542 million of federal funds went to Planned Parenthood in fiscal year 2011-2012 (http://onenewsnow.com/pro-life/2013/01/08/planned-parenthood-record-year-for-abortions-taxpayer-funding).
It is unlikely that this figure has changed since then. In seeing a graphic photo of an actual first-trimester abortion at http://www.herestheblood.com, I cannot stand with an institution where this takes place, even at only 3 percent of their services. It is because Planned Parenthood provides so many services for poor women in their childbearing years, that we should call on government to make abortion rare by funding services for women throughout all their childbearing years, not only in pregnancy. Of course, legislators need to defund Planned Parenthood to release funds. Maybe they can obtain additional funds from other sources.
What is needed is for federal funds to be re-directed to life-affiirming women's services. This has been done in Wisconsin; not only were funds taken from Planned Parenthood, but they were re-directed to other, life-affirming services http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/06/lawmaker-more-work-to-do-to-defund-planned-parenthood-in-wisconsin/
Such services would include:
1). Increased Medicaid re-imbursements to obstetrition-gynecologists so they will be more willing to accept Medicaid and serve poor women, providing them with all the services (minus abortion) they would receive at Planned Parenthood. This includes all women in their childbearing years, not just when they are pregnant;
2). More government funds for women's medical services where abortions are not done. This includes 13,000 community clinics which deliver quality care to women and families (Source: Casey Mattox). These services would include all women in their childbearing years, not just when they are pregnant;
3). Offer subsidies for poor single parents and families to spend more time with their children so that people won't feel pressured to abort for economic reasons;
4). Create legislation where those facing unplanned pregnancies can place their children in two-year foster care until they are in a position to raise their children. This will open up another option to them;
No, this would not end all abortions by any means, but it should be a good step in the right direction. We want to show that we care for all women, not only when they are pregnant.
We want to show that we care for unborn children, and want to protect them and save as many as possible. That can only be done as we do all we can to provide women with all the love, encouragement, guidance, and resources they need so they can choose life for their babies and will not feel that abortion is the only option.
Abortion affects men also which is why gender-neutral terms are used in this petitioning legislators. It's called being prolife about all lives.
In other words, as it has been said, let's love both women and children and men.
The 4 D ultrasound video is provided courtesy of American Life League. The petition creator is not affiliated with American Life League nor endorsed by them.
We, the undersigned, call on the US government to defund Planned Parenthood and fund alternatives by doing the following:
1). Increase Medicaid re-imbursements to obstetrition-gynecologists so they will more be willing to accept Medicaid and serve poor women throughout especially their childbearing years;
2). Increase government funds for women's medical services where abortions are not done, an estimated 13,000 community health clinics that serve women and families
(source: Casey Mattox);
3). Offer subsidies to poor single parents and low-income families, so they can spend more time with their children;
4). Create, vote on, and pass legislation where those facing unplanned pregnancies can place their children in two-year foster care with right to scheduled visitation until they are in a position to raise them.
You are already under much pressure to defund Planned Parenthood. We suggest that you do that, but please re-direct those funds to life-affirming social and medical services, so as not to create a health care crisis. We know all these measures will take time but we need to start somewhere--and never give up until abortion becomes unthinkable!
Thank You Very Much!
The Congress, Defund Planned Parenthood AND Fund Alternatives! petition to US Congress, US President was written by Lisa DeSherlia and is in the category Politics at GoPetition.