The biggest problem I have is the low funding towards Planned Parenthood and other women's clinics who provide low cost or no cost birth control. Females do not just take birth control to prevent pregnancy but it is also commonly used to regulate a women's menstrual cycle and to prevent acne. Are these really issues that need to be banned from funding? Are these really issues that need to be at the forefront of politics right now?
Another major role these clinics play is to provide free or low cost STI and HIV testing in addition to providing the medical procedures and antibiotics necessary for any of these diseases. Pap smears, Mammograms and regular check-ups can all be done at these clinics. So why are these clinics being forced to shut down procedures or raise costs? Why are ordinary health care concerns that occur in regular doctors offices and hospitals being rejected and discouraged from the larger population of low-income and middle-class workers?
My point is, that none of these necessary and useful purposes of Planned Parenthood and other clinics has been mentioned or cause for debate in recent politics. The only problem and cause for cut in funding has been due to the medical procedure of abortion that is also offered at these clinics. Since when does one medical procedure override all the positive work of 1 medical facility? Do we shut down hospitals when a patient dies during surgeries that have gone wrong?
Abortion is a women's right. It is her right to decide what must and should happen to her body without religious or political influences enforced upon her. The new proposals to only provide abortions to those women who have been raped and can prove it, is a complete breach on women's rights. No rape victim want so to be forced to admit and prove such an atrocious crime happened to them. How long is this process expected to take? What methods of proof will be accepted? And what is expected to happen to all the women who have been and will continue to have abortions when the legal process is changed?
The conveniency, affordability and medical safety of these clinics makes the demand so high. The debate on reproductive health care needs to end. All females, young and old, will suffer from the budget cuts and program cuts that are occurring in Planned Parenthoods and clinics around the nation.