Defunding the Police: What it Means and Why Planned Parenthood Supports It
Planned Parenthood — in solidarity with patients, staff, and supporters — stands with the Movement for Black Lives’ call to defund the police. Defunding the police means investing less in militarizing police forces and investing more in community-based solutions, education, and health care.
It’s 11:00 p.m. EDT and I’m adding to my frequent flyer miles as the summer o’ conferences comes to a close. The Latino Engagement team has been crisscrossing the country and working with our amazing affiliates and partner organizations to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, and all the benefits that the close to 9 million Latinos across the country could start to take advantage of soon!
This past week, in a debate on his Facebook page, Missouri State Senate Majority Caucus Whip Brian Nieves dismissed the need for lifesaving abortions, going so far to say that an abortion to save a woman’s life is “a matter of convenience.”
Politicians are doing their darndest to insert themselves into the exam room, intruding upon the personal and private decisions best left up to a woman and her doctor. And we’re not the only ones who’ve noticed this trend…
A federal judge in North Dakota has blocked the state’s law banning abortions as early as six weeks—before many women know they are pregnant. The law, which would ultimately outlaw abortion in the state demonstrated just how far some politicians would go to take away women’s access to safe and legal abortion.
On Saturday, Ken Cuccinelli faced off against Terry McAuliffe in the first gubernatorial debate of 2013. Everything was on the table, including women’s health. Considering Cuccinelli’s long history of trying to restrict and limit women’s access to safe and legal abortion, it was hardly a surprise when the moderator asked him if he’d continue in the same vein and use the governor’s office to push his extreme ideological views.
Across the country, huge numbers of people have spoken up to oppose politicians’ attempts to restrict women’s access to health care—packing statehouses, attending rallies, and calling their representatives. But politicians are pushing forward with these extreme and dangerous policies anyway, in spite of both public opinion and medical expertise.
Texas Governor Rick Perry just signed HB 2, the extreme and dangerous bill that threatens to virtually end access to safe and legal abortion in the state of Texas. By signing this bill into law, he’s making a terrible situation for women’s health even worse.
First, you try to pass three bills that would make abortion inaccessible to women by imposing excessive, medically unnecessary, and sometimes impossible-to-meet restrictions on providers. They all fail in regular legislative session.