Planned Parenthood is now de-funded in the great state of Oklahoma, and you can almost hear already the anguished, exaggerated cries of alarm. Oh the humanity! How will women survive?
The truth is that Planned Parenthood has long already been the enemy of women’s health. Brought into existence by narrow-minded ideologues who saw the great feminine power of creativity as an unfortunate and captive destiny always putting women at a disadvantage, Planned Parenthood always advocated the active disabling – and even poisoning – of a women’s reproductive capacities. And, in typically nervy fashion, they had the temerity to call this “reproductive health”.
Today, with the benefit of scientific hindsight, we can calculate what a disaster this truly has been for Western women. First, we are in the middle of a now 30-year-long epidemic of breast cancer that shows no signs of abating. We know, the experts know, that this is due to “Western-style childbearing”; i.e. a contraceptive lifestyle. This in itself is not surprising because there is absolutely solid, hard scientific data connecting the pill and even abortion with breast cancer, though it won’t be Planned Parenthood (the great provider of mammograms!) that will tell you that.
Another thing Planned Parenthood forgot to tell us is that pregnancy itself is protective from numerous health conditions, and itself a reduced mortality state. Numerous studies show that compared to pregnant women, every other category is at increased risk of death from numerous causes. Not only that, but pregnancy is the very best way, from a health perspective, to avoid breast and ovarian cancer, for the prevention of which Planned Parenthood is always encouraging women to take the pill.
But perhaps the biggest farce of all is this idea that with the help of Planned Parenthood, childbirth will be planned, and women will only have pregnancies when they want to. No study we know of shows contraceptive users to be more likely to declare their pregnancies wanted after contraceptive use. This ought to cause a great deal of concern, considering that Planned Parenthood says contraceptives will enable women to avoid the pregnancies they do not want. Isn’t this an obvious failure of their approach? Isn’t this an obvious failure of the contraceptive approach to birth control and family planning?
The de-funding of Planned Parenthood is a very good thing, and it should be women first and most of all who should cheer!
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