Via Feministing: Planned Parenthood in Indiana is offering a gift certificate service for the winter gifting festival: it is redeemable for the reproductive health services their clinics offer, and their hope is particularly that women on low incomes will be able to ensure that they keep up their well-woman health checks and pap smears etc (instead of letting these appointments slide due to a shortage of disposable income, given that being the US they can’t just get these health checks done on Medicare).
Of course a local news organisation decided to ask them about whether the gift certificates could be used to pay for a pregnancy termination. PP’s response was that they had put no restrictions on what the cards could be used for, so of course the story ran with a headline (since changed) that the gift certificates were specifically for abortions.
The responses are an education in just how much misinformation there is about Planned Parenthood specifically and abortion generally. Here’s a gem (lost the permalink when my ‘puter self-rebooted, sorry, but it was after far too many pages of wilful misreading the story comments):
This is appalling… And I am politically/socially (though not personally) a pro-choice person. Blaming the economic funk and saying:
“People are making really tough decisions about putting gas in their car and food on their table, so we know that many women especially put healthcare at the bottom of their list to do,”
is a joke. First of all, when did abortion become “Health Care”, and secondly… transportation and food are NECESSARY to live… the erm… “Intimate Experience” that is required for an Abortion to even take place IS NOT.
Maybe this is is a little curt and abrasive (I could care less really), but if you can’t afford to put gas in your car and food on the table… maybe you should be DOING OTHER THINGS WITH YOUR SPARE TIME.
OK, totally ignoring that (a) yes, abortion can indeed be healthcare, as the morbidity/mortality rate of abortion complications is still significantly below the morbidity/mortality rate of birthing complications, and (b) most of PP’s services involve well-woman care and support for pregnant women to have healthy babies, which is what most such gift certificates will be used for, let’s unpack the rest of it.
I’m pretty sure I detect an underlying assumption that it’s only single women who sleep around who have unplanned/crisis pregnancies – instead of the known fact that many/most women who wish to terminate an unplanned pregnancy are partnered/married and actually have several children they are already struggling to feed, clothe and educate.
So by saying that they should have better things to do in their spare time, he’s implying that poor women’s primary emotional relationships with their partners should be considered a spare time thing, and that poor couples don’t deserve the emotional comfort of sexual intimacy when they’re doing it tough, apparently. Yet I bet if these poor women did deny their partners sexual intimacy due to concerns about unwanted pregnancy, he’d be calling them frigid bitches and asking them what did they expect if their partner decides to leave.
What else do eagle-eyed Hoydenizens detect?