Government Shutdown and Planned Parenthood

Warning:  Minor cursing and a small rant


I have had a few people ask me what I think about the efforts to cut planned parenthood and its use as a pawn in the discussions and unfortunate negotiations to prevent a government shut down.  My first thought is that I am disgusted by these lawmakers.  The fact is that this is a moment of crisis.  Having to shut down the government cannot be good for the economy.  What happens to the people who won’t be able to pay their bills?  There will be more foreclosures and less spending which is the exact opposite of what we need.  Put your personal agendas and shit aside and do your damn job so everyone else can keep theirs.   And raise the damn taxes on the rich back up and close your stupid loopholes!  If you make over $250,000 a year suck it the hell up and think of someone else, thousands if not millions of someone else’s, whose lives would benefit.  Statistically you are probably “christians”* and doesn’t that come with an obligation to help your fellow man?  I know Jesus didn’t officially mention a salary cap, but I think he would have agreed that this is absurd. Once we don’t have to worry about shutting down the government we can discuss you being slightly more of a rich ass.   How does that sound?

Sorry about the cursing, but those people enrage me.  I swear, how can you live with yourself and have all that money and watch all those people suffer?  I hope I never understand it!

Anyway, back to the Planned Parenthood issue.  There are two big issues with this.  The first is that people are using is as a pawn in their machinations.  They don’t seem to realize that this isn’t just some organization doing some random thing.  This is someone’s health and life we are talking about.  You can’t just throw that about!  When it comes to that I disagree with whole heartedly with what it seems they are doing.

The second thing, and the one that may surprise you, is that maybe it is something that needs to be temporarily, TEMPORARILY, trimmed.  Along with many other things.  I don’t understand the ins and outs and all that of the budget.  I am willing to accept that these people know more than me and could do a better job if they ever to manage to remove their heads…  Well, anyway, the fact is that we need money and my understanding is that it is an emergency.  If the government shuts down it will probably affect more people than the lack of Planned Parenthood  would.  However, IF ififififififififififif this NEEDS to be done, and I can’t over emphasize how dire the need must be, then there should be a clear statement of when this will be renegotiated.  I’d say reinstated, but we don’t seem to have time for those lengthy and violent discussions right now.

Let me finish once again with my disgust that instead of taking the money from those who can afford it they are taking important services from those who can’t.  This should never have had to happen.  The money is out there if the government could get out of their own way and think logically and if people could settle for having 7 televisions in each of their 5 homes instead of 10 in each of their 3 (and those probably don’t count vacation homes or yachts or whatever rich people have).  Planned Parenthood and other services should never need to be cut.  They are not that large of a drain on the government and don’t try to give me bull about your taxes paying for things you don’t approve of.  As Jon Stewart pointed out, he and many of us don’t approve of the wars we have entered, but our tax money goes to that anyway.  Unfortunately, our politics has become an almost useless system and hopefully they will get their acts straight before it screws all of us over.

*This could be wrong, but even if the rich people aren’t the “christians” the lawmakers representing and fighting for their greed almost certainly say they are.


About Tori

I am a graduate student working on my masters in Women and Gender studies. My masters thesis is on the gender nonconformity and ambiguity in modern film.
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5 Responses to Government Shutdown and Planned Parenthood

  1. Kaitlyn says:

    Not to mention that by removing women’s access to family planning there would most likely be an increase in the number of abortions, which is one of their main problems with federal funding for Planned Parenthood anyways. Illogical.

  2. Tori says:

    Good point, I didn’t think of that one. That just increases my rage. I just want to sit at the front of the room and quietly shake my head at them and channel my best Mrs. B and make them feel guilty. So horribly guilty.

  3. Sita says:

    Ah, if only the lawmakers would volunteer significant portions of their yearly salary and put it toward the government that they profess to serve…sadly, I think that might never happen, it would be a sign of the apocalypse.

    As for the Planned Parenthood arguments–agreed, most of what PP provides are necessary health services. Abortions are only a very small part of what they do, the rest is basic sexual health advice and contraception. If PP were shut down, abortions would almost certainly rise and there would probably be a lot more deaths as well.

    • Tori says:

      That’s very true. Just because abortions have been illegal or unavailable has never stopped people from getting them. They just turn to unreliable and dangerous methods. Not only are those methods dangerous, but when they go wrong the women are reluctant to get help. “It will happen anyway” is a crappy argument, of course, but if you put it in terms of “why don’t we help prevent the circumstance”, things improve. Someday we’ll get to the point where the only pregnancies are planned, I hope, and desired so the only abortions are for medical reasons.

  4. Derrick says:

    One of the problems with the government is that it’s very much about posturing. One of the problems is that government agencies and primarily federal funded ventures is that often they are intentionally terribly unefficient, because it makes someone money. A great example is NASA – NASA sucks down billions of dollars to accomplish what private companies have done in 1/40th of the time and 1/1000th of the budget.

    I suspect (though I don’t know) that this may be part of the reason funding is getting cut – that there’s someone milking the program from the top.

    I completely agree with the planned parenthood program, and I’m not saying it’s bad. Rather, that there may be some nasty politics going on behind the scene, and keeping planned parenthood as it is may not be a good choice, not because of it’s mission, but because of politics.

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