Does the Devil Have Unprotected Sex?

The House has passed its so-called health care bill, which among other things, would prohibit Medicaid from paying for services provided by  Planned Parenthood. In other words, no Planned Parenthood for poor people.

We will see what happens to this bill now in the senate. The initial word is that the senate will ignore the house bill and draft its own health care bill.

Meanwhile, you might ask yourself, how to you feel about Planned Parenthood? From their web page

Planned Parenthood is America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. Our skilled health care professionals are dedicated to offering all people high-quality, affordable medical care. One in five American women has chosen Planned Parenthood for health care at least once in her life. –

My own view is that providing “reproductive health care” for women is a matter of basic fairness. Without it, society is in the uncomfortable ethical position of endorsing the privacy right òf men and women to engage in sex, without acknowledging that women have unique health concerns that are related to their sexuality.  And of course,  taking away Medicaid support would mean that poor women will suffer disproportionately.

If this riles you up, you might consider saying so to your representative. You might also consider taking steps to strengthen Planned Parenthood.

Perhaps accepting the challenge put out by Fred and Al et al, to offer matching funds?

It is a worthy cause!


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