Planned Parenthood

Securing the Right to Choose

With the political landscape becoming more and more divisive, there’s less and less room for those in the middle. Pick a side, agree with one or the other, move right or move left! Unfortunately, most of life is lived near the middle. Such is the case with Planned Parenthood. Though they provide abortions when needed, the vast majority of the organization’s activity is focused on standard, middle-of-the-road, women’s health.

That said, the right to choose an abortion, along with a host of other reproductive rights, are at the center of Planned Parenthood’s political push in 2020. 

Reasons and Choices

There are many reasons why a woman chooses to have an abortion and there are many reasons why a woman might choose not to. The point, from Planned Parenthood’s perspective, is that a woman is allowed to choose, that a government should not be telling a woman what she can do with her body.

Reproductive Health

Planned Parenthood gives annual checks for reproductive wellness (PAP smears, cervical cancer screenings, STD screenings, etc) as well as providing free contraceptives. This is an important step in preventing unwanted pregnancies and can help avoid the need to make a choice on whether or not to have an abortion. 

Not Yet Dystopian

We, as a society, cannot regulate how often and whether or not people have sex. We aren’t quite ready to dive into the dystopian world of The Giver or A Brave New World. What this means is that people must be responsible for their own reproductive choices. And sometimes, people make bad choices. Or even worse, are the victims of bad choices by other people. Planned Parenthood’s push to raise money in 2020 is to preserve the ability for people to deal with bad choices. Theirs or other people’s.

It’s Actually NOT About Abortion

The hope is that Roe vs Wade, The Supreme Court ruling that preserves a woman’s right to an abortion, is upheld in spite of coming challenges and that there is adequate support for political candidates with an interest in its continued preservation. While abortion is a hot topic that gets people riled up, the goal of Planned Parenthood and Roe vs Wade has never been about abortion, but about choice.

Source: https://www.npr.org/2019/10/09/768399183/with-abortion-rights-on-the-line-planned-parenthood-announces-2020-push