This is a close up of my mouth in a very unfamiliar position.
And, because of my closed up mouth…millions of women, like you, like me, are going to die.
Closed up mouths lead to the take over of closed up minds. Closed up minds equal the doors of Planned Parenthood closing up as well.
With the recent passing of a Senate bill in Congress that is now going to remove federal funding from Planned Parenthood, you will now start to see changes. Changes that I personally have not seen since the 1970’s. You will start reading about women, dying, because they could not get basic gynecological care due to lack of funds.
So what does a close up of a closed mouth have to do with this?
Complacency. Because women did not speak up. Because women did not protest this with outrage, with vehemence, with determination. We, the fairer sex, have once again allowed suited men (and women) in Congress to enter our uterus and determine what our rights are. Even though providing abortions is a small part of what Planned Parenthood does—and is isolated from federal funds within the organization’s structure, by law—the amendment passed 240-185.
Is this the beginning of the end of Roe v. Wade? Are women in our lifetime about to be relegated back to the days of back alley abortions? Will we once again read about women who fall prey to quacks with dirty folding tables and rusty scalpels performing our abortions, leaving us bleeding, mutilated and dying?
What Congress does not seem to realize is that abortions are only one EIGHTH of what Planned Parenthood actually does for women. This organization also does pre-screenings for diseases such as cervical, breast and ovarian cancer for women who cannot otherwise afford to have these services done. They provide testing for HIV, AIDS and various other sexually transmitted diseases. They offer education and birth control for low income sectors of our society. Let’s not forget that Planned Parenthood makes sure that the rate of unwanted pregnancies and teen pregnancies stays extremely low. Without their services, it is estimated that there will be 1.9 million unwanted and preventable pregnancies each year.
1.9 MILLION. You read that correctly.
In a society where we can scarcely afford to take care of the population that exists right now, can we actually afford to supplement an additional 1.9 million more babies coming into this world? This has little to do with abortion, but much to do with lack of birth control for those who cannot afford the doctors visits to obtain birth control, let alone the monthly cost of purchasing it.
It is not hyperbole to say that women will die as a result of this bill. It’s the horrible truth. Women who are uninsured will avoid seeking annual exams, pre-cancerous lesions on the cervix will be missed and will develop into cancer, breast masses will not be detected early – some women will die.
In addition to this, more will have unplanned pregnancies. Abortion rates, ironically, will increase. Only these medical interventions will be peformed by those not likely to have proper credentials, equipment and who are seeking to prey on the weakest members of our society – the poor.
Sound outrageous? It is. And if this makes you angry, you should be. You need to be on the phone calling your senator, you need to be planning how you’ll support the person who runs against the incompetent moron in your district who voted for this reprehensible bill. This must be stopped. We cannot blindly allow women to step back into the dark ages of back alley abortions and black market adoptions.
Are you part of the reason this bill passed? Rip the tape from your lips, open your mouth and start yelling. Yell for your daughters. Yell for your granddaughters. Yell the way women yelled back in the mid-seventies when they decided that they were no longer going to allow government to take away our basic fundamental rights of reproduction control. Those women yelled to protect our future. We should be yelling for the next generation of women and girls who may fall victim to this heinous crime.
I’m yelling. I’ve been yelling.
You should be too.