September 30 of this year the United States almost shut down government operations once again.
The last time the government was shutdown was in 2013, and the GOP was leading a war against, the now successful, Affordable Care Act. A law created by the Obama Administration as an effort to bring universal and affordable health care to all the citizens of the United States.
This time, the Republicans seek to shut down the government in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides free health care to low-income men and women.
The entirety of their campaign was incited by videos leaked by an anti-abortion organization, The Center for Medical Progress. The videos show Planned Parenthood members profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. However, since the publication of the videos Planned Parenthood has actively worked to discredit the information provided by the videos in question. Although the investigations have not ruled absolute certainty of foul play there has been evidence of post-production edits.
As of now Congress has passed a bill that will provide government with funding until Dec. 11. With that being said, GOP politicians are rallying hard for the idea of defunding Planned Parenthood.
Just weeks ago at the Republican debate hosted by CNN, GOP candidates spent a lot of time talking about defunding Planned Parenthood. The candidates failed to mention anything on systematic racism, a reform that have been a vital part of the Democratic Party’s platform for presidency.
One GOP candidate, Carly Fiorina, has on record stated she was shown “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.” Although multiple sources have discredited this claim, Fiorina stands by her word even without presenting proof of said video.
But why do people believe what Fiorina or any of the other GOP candidate’s claims when there is so little evidence to back them? The reason breaks down into two parts: people’s inability to separate their emotions and think rationally and the whole mystery behind the organization’s operations.
Abortion is a hard subject for some to talk about and tends to bring out an emotional reaction in people. These videos present images that for some fuel the common misconceptions perceived about abortion leading to an overwhelming increase of hostility toward it. In fact, when Congress ruled that they would extend funding a Planned Parenthood was burnt down, arson has been listed as a possible cause for the fire.
Secondly, until this year I wonder how many people knew about the organization, Planned Parenthood, and how it operated. People who lacked a basic understanding of this nonprofit saw these videos and justly associated the idea of an abortion factory to Planned Parenthood. The videos are very damning to say the least.
However, people who had knowledge of abortion procedures or knew about this organization were able to watch these videos and at least harbor some feelings of skepticism.
Though abortions make up 3 percent of Planned Parenthood operations, as of 1976 abortions could no longer be funded by federal money. Which is humorous to think about since GOPs constantly argue that they do not want their money to fund abortion—but if they were competent for their position they would know there was a law that eliminated that as a possibility.
Right now the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood is not an offense against abortion, but in fact a war on women. Defunding Planned Parenthood would not lower the rate of abortion but in fact would increase the rate of backdoor abortions, deaths caused by abortions and arrest for people who perform illegal abortion procedures. If Planned Parenthood is defunded, low-income men and women would lose access to free forms of contraception, testing and treatment of STDS and cancer screenings, just to name a few.
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