Friday, April 08, 2011

What Republicans Are Really Fighting

As we draw nearer and nearer to a government shutdown, Republicans are making it quite clear that the only thing stopping them from striking a deal with President Obama and Congressional Democrats is Planned Parenthood, which they say they are fighting because Planned Parenthood provides abortion services.

In fact, they are making it seem as though Planned Parenthood is exclusively an abortion clinic, like that is all they do.  Well look at this graph and tell me if you think Planned Parenthood exclusively provides abortion services:

These are the services that Planned Parenthood really provides; these are the things that Republicans are trying to cut.  STD testing.  Contraception.  Cancer screening and prevention.  Women's health services.  That is what Planned Parenthood is about.  Abortion services, as you can see, account for only 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood yearly.

The GOP assault on Planned Parenthood, then, is an assault on women; it is an assault on a woman's right to her health and well-being.  This has nothing to do with abortion; don't let anybody tell you otherwise.

The women of the Senate Democrat caucus are standing up for women everywhere.  In a press conference today, these senators spoke out against Republicans' attacks on Planned Parenthood and on women, and against the lies that are fueling these attacks.  Sen. Barbara Mikulski's (D-Md.) tour de force at the end of the video is particularly powerful.  Check it out below:

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