Congress does not want to fund Planned Parenthood because some clinics do abortions. They have programs that do many things that cover womens health.
We have 9 percent unemployment in this country, and people dont have money to buy food. How are they going to buy contraception?
I know they are concerned about the debt, but we will have more debt if people are unemployed and on food stamps. These are mostly married people, and just say no is not the answer. These same congressmen and women complain about cost of social services, but there will be more children born. Also, Health Departments have been cut in their services for this and other services.
Planned Parenthood has been providing these services free or for a small fee. Several years ago, members of Congress voted not to help clinics around the world, then they complained about the population growth and the problems they caused.
My hero is Margaret Sanger. She was one of the woman in the early 1920s who went to jail for giving out contraceptives and believing women had rights to obtain education about their reproductive systems. Ninety years later, we are still fighting.
This service and Public Health have provided reproductive health services; birth control and other health services. In the early years, woman were dying during childbirth, and they had no way to receive any types of contraception or prenatal care. The rich have means to get help, but the unemployed and low-income people do not have money to buy this help.
I do get upset when I see all these men on the street blocking clinics and in Congress voting against the health of women and families. Men do not know anything about being pregnant. I would rather see more men take responsibility for their children.
I have worked as a nurse and health teacher for 50 years working for womens health.
Mary Ruth Bowman, Durango