(I know what I wrote yesterday about scaling back the blog, which I am doing, but this is a quickie.)
Over the last few months, I’ve received a barrage of fundie emails about Planned Parenthood. The puppetmasters were trying to get all of their followers to barrage Congress with demands to stop all federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The House Republicans proudly showed us all how much power the Jihadist branch of Christianity still has over the GOP by voting last week to defund Planned Parenthood. Fortunately, there was enough rationality (and Democrats) in the Senate, and the attempt failed for now.
Many of the emails I received have been overly dramatic:
Planned Parenthood takes trillions of your tax dollars every year to murder billions of babies!
OK, maybe not quite that hyperbolic, but that’s really not too much of an exaggeration.
P-1000 Pregnancy Terminator
The fundies like to portray Planned Parenthood as a ravenous abortion machine, whose sole purpose is to wander loose among the general population, scanning all women it encounters. Any woman found to be pregnant is immediately be subjected to a forced liquid-metal abortion. And all of this is just to make the Planned Parenthood abortion doctors filthy, stinking rich.
I wrote an article three years ago about the true economics of abortion and what Planned Parenthood really does with the money. Today I found an article in the Washington Post titled “Five Myths about Planned Parenthood”. Here they are:
- Planned Parenthood’s federal funding frees up other money to pay for abortions
- Ninety percent of what Planned Parenthood does is provide abortions
- Defunding Planned Parenthood will reduce abortions
- Planned Parenthood serves only teenagers and prostitutes
- People don’t really need Planned Parenthood
You should go read the article for the details.