EDITORIAL
Defend Planned Parenthood
volume:  
volume 36
issue 5
October 2015

Congressional anti-abortion crusaders are threatening to shut down the U.S. government unless President Obama defunds Planned Parenthood. These misogynists would grind the country’s economy to a halt in a rabid attempt to destroy abortion rights. It’s medieval!

The latest attacks revolve around a highly edited and inflammatory video that appears to show clinic staffers selling fetal tissue. It doesn’t, as the unedited video shows. But this fight is not about the truth — it’s about the spin. Right-wingers are working overtime to sell the idea that female healthcare would somehow be better served if Planned Parenthood was eliminated.

The truth is that all women’s health clinics should be fully funded to ensure access for all. And a complete range of reproductive health options must be available, including contraceptives and abortions.

Planned Parenthood’s self-defense tactics of legal challenges and campaigning for Democrats have been anemic at best and dangerous at worst. It’s time to fight back with militant community organizing led by working women of color, immigrants and poor women. In other words, those who have the most to lose and the most to gain in this battle. Abortion rights were won in the streets — it’s time to get back out there to defend them!


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