Some argue that Planned Parenthood violated the Federal Statute 42 U.S.C. 289g. Some members of Congress want to defund it, others are insisting that it needs to be shut down, while others are saying by doing this it is a violation of women’s rights. What’s the fuss? Planned Parenthood is accused of selling aborted human fetal tissue. While I am not pro-abortion, I am pro-choice when it comes to what a woman can do with her body.
Federal law states:
Purchase of tissue
- It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.
- For purposes of this section:
- The term human fetal tissue has the meaning given such term in section 289g–1 (g) of this title.
- The term interstate commerce has the meaning given such term in section 321 (b) of title 21.
- The term valuable consideration does not include reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue. (“42 U.S.C. § 289g2 – Prohibitions regarding human fetal tissue” n.d.)
Those attempting to crucify Planned Parenthood do not accept that Planned Parenthood has been paid only “reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue.” The person behind the camera, in one of the videos I watched, badgered the woman from Planned Parenthood about price. At one point the interviewer was dismissing a low price. That is someone on a witch-hunt.
Planned Parenthood does a variety of positive things for men and women. Mostly low-income, or those in violent situations. I was going to break them down, but I have found a few places that have done that for me. Here is a letter from the President of Planned Parenthood that recently addresses everything. This is an article from 2012 that breaks it down to numbers quite efficiently. In 2012, roughly 3% of Planned Parenthood activity was abortions; that’s it. (Klein, 2012)
My own opinion is that a woman’s body is her business. It is up to her and her doctor what needs to be done. Nobody else has a right to decide what goes on with her body. Especially religious right wingers that think a child’s life is the only valuable life. A child’s life is important; however, without the safety of the mother, the unborn child cannot survive. The mother needs to be in good emotional, physical, and psychological condition to have a chance to carry a successful and healthy baby. They are a package deal and both need to be considered in the situation.
When there is trauma associated with the pregnancy, for example incest or rape, the psychological and physical stress on the mother’s body puts stress on the baby. Especially if the pregnancy is not wanted and the mother is forced to carry the baby. Where is the thought and concern for the Mother? I saw “do no harm” in Rand Paul’s campaign page; he calls it Sanctity of Life. Where does the Mother’s life value play into this picture? What about the psychological harm to the mother her reliving the trauma of the abuse? Not all women have this experience but some do. Most women that have been abused, and do not end up pregnant, it takes years to get over that experience. To have a living reminder growing inside you, and no way to escape it? That is cruel punishment.
When a pregnancy becomes life threatening to either the child or the mother? Where is the option to save a life then? Where is the sanctity of life? Are mothers supposed to die, even if there is no chance that the baby will survive an early birth? Are mothers supposed to endure a pregnancy of caring a dead baby for the duration of the pregnancy? As a mother who gave birth to a still born early in the pregnancy was hard enough, but to have carried that child full term knowing he was deceased would have been gut wrenching.
If Planned Parenthood needs to be reorganized and issues addressed, then address them. Do not leave so many women out in the cold that use this program for other services, other than abortions. It is so much more. By killing this program, it is a disservice to women and girls everywhere. We are supposed to be smarter and more progressed. Let’s go forward with our Nation and Unite.
Image credits: Featured image, by Huffington Post
©Lori Younglove 9/21/2015 unless otherwise noted
Here is the list of links that started this little series of stories if you would like to read the rest.