Abortion: Republicans Hate Planned Parenthood — And Women

By N Oji Mzilikazi

20 February 2016

The fight by women for rights and gender equality has been an extremely long and slow struggle – and still continues to be. And while we in the West take pride in our democratic principles, highly tout and value our many freedoms, there is not a country in the world where women are not oppressed, disadvantaged and face “glass ceilings.”

Increasingly, women’s gains and women rights are under siege by patriarchies rooted in the past; males that long for the glory days when women were chattel, women “knew their place,” and men had territorial rights over a woman’s body. To that end, they seek refuge in religious dogma and use the same as authority and divine justification.

In America, the Republican Party, its slate of elected law makers and their presidential candidates are foremost in the charge to reverse women’s hard won reproductive rights.

So myopic — and desperate are Republicans to uphold their anti-abortion ideology, they willingly and gladly spread half-truths, engage in in deliberate contextual misrepresentation, make false associations, abandon facts, reason, as well as common sense to advance their cause.

Disingenuously, maliciously and slanderously, New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential contender Chris Christie said that Planned Parenthood “engages in the systematic murder of children in the womb, in order to maximize the value of their body parts for sale on the open market.”

To raise funds and find favour with the electorate, Carly Fiorina, the only female Republican candidate for the White House deliberately  misrepresented the images and descriptions in an anti-abortion video.

The video used “images and videos spliced from unrelated events, one of which depicts a miscarriage not an abortion.” Still, Fiorina “dares” Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and others to watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.

Texas Republican assemblywoman Shannon Grove attributed rain falling on drought-stricken Texas to the abortion restrictions signed by the governor.

Sheila Butt, Republican floor leader in the Tennessee House of Representatives blocked an amendment to an anti-abortion bill that would have created an exemption for victims of rape and incest, by asserting of all things, such cases are too difficult to confirm.  Really?

A female articulating such speaks volumes about the depth of indoctrination as well as internalization of Republican anti-abortion ideology.

The extremism and idiocy over abortion is such, Kenlissia Jones, 23, of Albany, Georgia was arrested and jailed on murder charge for taking abortion pills to terminate her pregnancy.

Florida Senator and Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio is an extremely proud anti-abortion hardliner. He believes there should not be exceptions for rape or incest and is willing to lose the election/votes for his stance.

Eight days before the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado that killed three persons and wounded nine others, Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz hailed an anti-abortion extremist who wants abortion providers executed.

Kentucky Senator and Republican presidential contender Rand Paul opposition and hatred of abortion is such, he stated in a January 2016 GOP presidential debate, “The more states that make abortion illegal, the better.”

As detailed recently in Mic, “The majority of low-income women consider family planning centers like Planned Parenthood their primary healthcare provider.” Yet, as far as Republicans are concerned, Planned Parenthood is a bastion of evil that must be totally eradicated.

Chris Christie boasted about having vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times out of the New Jersey budget. In Jeb Bush first year as Florida governor, the Republican presidential contender signed a law creating a “Choose Life” license plate.

Rick Allgeyer, director of research at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission co-authored a study suggesting that cuts to Planned Parenthood are restricting access to women’s health care statewide.

The backlash from Republican leaders was immediate. Republican state Senator Jane Nelson, an architect of Texas’ current women’s health program dismissed the findings as biased and invalid.

If Republicans have their way, they would strip all funding from Planned Parenthood.

They have repeatedly tried to get it done like here, here, and here, and remain unceasing in their efforts.

Republicans hate Planned Parenthood, consequently hate women.

 

Anti-Abortionists: Which God Do They Serve?

By N Oji Mzilikazi

2 February 2016

Two weeks after posting, The Sermon was Anti-Abortion. I support Abortion Rights, a gunman stormed a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado killing three people and wounding nine others.

When the killer appeared in court, he defended the planned attack with, “I’m a warrior for the babies.”

In July 2015, anti-abortion activists posted videos online purporting to show the organization’s employees discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue, which is illegal in the United States if done for a profit.  Shortly thereafter — within 74 days, four Planned Parenthood clinics were firebombed.

A grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood of misusing fetal tissue — and instead indicted the makers of undercover video.

Planned Parenthood clinics are more than abortions. They provide healthcare for women and that includes preventative service like cancer screenings. They also providing birth control so females could enjoy the joys of sex without fear of its culmination in pregnancy.

Any attack against Planned Parenthood/healthcare clinics that serve women is an attack against the female gender; mothers, wives and daughters.

So adamant are anti-abortionist extremists about the sacredness of human life, they have bombed clinics that perform the procedure causing death and injury to patients, staff and passers-by. They have also killed doctors, attempted to kill doctors  as well as threatened to kill doctors that perform abortions.

As we saw in the killing of Dr. George R. Tiller, security cameras, bulletproof glass, armed guards, an armoured S.U.V. and a bulletproof vest do no protect anyone from any anti-abortionist extremist with pure murderous intent. Dr. Tiller was shot in the head at point-blank range while ushering at church.

In their zeal to save a foetus, whose future as a person is unknown, anti-abortion extremists feel that it’s okay to destroy an already productive life. What logic!

I truly believe that life is sacred. But can anyone explain to me how an unborn foetus can have more rights than the woman who is unwilling to carry it?

In civil society, in most western societies, women are no longer the property — of their husbands or fathers. Yet, the Church/religious ideology and by extension anti-abortionists remain hell bent on maintaining, exerting ownership over a woman’s womb, as well as keeping the female as a slave to her womb.

Since the receptacle that sustains and births life reside in the female, the female is the true and sole owner of her womb. And since the female is the one to experience the physical and physiological changes that pregnancy engenders, the decision to have a baby or abort must reside with her. Not even the man whose sperm caused the pregnancy and who loves her dearly has the right to decide if she should or shouldn’t have an abortion.

Just as the umbilical cord carries nutrients to the developing child, the mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual state of the pregnant female contributes to a child’s wholeness or lack.

If a mother is under tremendous stress, or a child is unloved in the womb, the resultant negative thoughts and feelings are transmitted to the foetus and become part of that child’s personality. The hated/unloved child is psychologically scarred and damaged long before birth.

Must society allow carrying a foetus to full term the penalty for unprotected sex, rape or unintended or unexpected pregnancy?

The US Surgeon General’s January 2001 report, from the Children’s Mental Health Conference, stated that maternal depression affects a child’s development, and 1 in 10 children and adolescents suffer from severe mental illness causing some level of impairment.

The report revealed that 80% of children with emotional, behavioural and developmental needs were not being treated, and in many cases end up in special education classes, the juvenile justice system or on welfare.

Single-parenting, in spite of numerous studies detailing its harm is commonplace. Youths that come before the juvenile or criminal justice system are overwhelmingly raised in a single parent household headed by a female. And more often than not, judges berate the absentee father culture and negligence of the mother for their waywardness and/or criminality. Yet, anti-abortionists are willing to perpetuate a beeline from the womb to incarceration.

When a woman who is not the victim of a rape decides to seek an abortion, it’s more than likely she is not emotionally, physically, mentally, financially, and/or spiritually prepared to have a child.

Children need quality nurturing, a safe, loving and healthy environment for optimum development, to maximize their potential, to healthily navigate the world with all its disappointments and setbacks, and overall, to be “good” citizens.  Group homes/State run centers for children can and will never be fertile ground for the said children.

In 2002, the Quebec Association of Youth Centres produced a portrait of the children in, or was part of the foster-care institution.

Findings were they were five times more likely to have a run in with the police and to have alcoholic or drug problems; 1 in 3 tried to commit suicide, compared with 1 in 10 in other teens; 2 out of 3 have difficulty in school compared to 1 in 4 of other youngsters; 1 in 4 was a victim of sexual abuse; and 71% were living on welfare a decade after they turn 18.

Is being a potential/future ward of the State preferable to an abortion?

The decision to have an abortion is often rooted in economics. The financial health of the parent(s) often affect outcomes.

The very nature of the all-powerful parent and dependant and defenceless child set the stage for a child (children) to be ignored, neglected, abused, exploited, and to suffer. Especially, when poverty makes living and earning a living hell.

There are nations wherein parents sell their children to pimps or the rich, parents sell their daughter’s virginity — to eat, and where the child sex/pedophilia industry is a virtual sub-sector of their tourism industry, and where child abuse without fear of consequences brings Arab, western and Asian sex-tourists  — and foreign currency.

According to information provided to World Vision in 2011 by the Philippine ambassador to the United States, forty per cent of male tourists who travel to the Philippines go there for sexual purposes.

Universally, many crimes against children including sexual violence and sexual exploitation are overlooked and go unpunished.

Japan is addicted to child porn. As detailed in the Indepenent, Japan “is the only OECD (Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development) nation that has not banned possession of child porn, partly to protect its manga and anime industries.”

The article also revealed, “The FBI and Homeland Security Investigations give Japan’s police hundreds of tips on child pornography makers and distributors every year and none of them are acted upon.”

Lest we think ourselves better or superior, child abuse, the sexual grooming of children, the sexual exploitation of children, child prostitution and child trafficking for the purposes of prostitution are a plague in western nations.

In October 2009, the FBI launched Cross Country IV, a three-day operation in 36 cities that targeted organised crime, gangs and individuals engaged in child prostitution and child trafficking for the purposes of prostitution. It  led to nearly 700 arrests. One of the 52 children rescued was a 10-year-old.

FBI raids in more than 70 cities across America in July 2013 rescued 105 teenage victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. 150 pimps were arrested.

Most of the victims were between the ages of 13 and 17. The youngest victim was 9 years old.

Child abuse, the sexual exploitation of children and child trafficking that all rob children of their childhood is a far better cause célèbre than anti-abortion.

Violence solves nothing. Destroying productive lives to save one that could end up being evil personified is counter-productive.

Sex-education as well as access to birth control are the most logical ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies and reduce abortions.

Sex education with the emphasis on sexual responsibility ought to be compulsory in schools. Then and only then are teenagers going to have the inner understand that a child is much more than the terminus of love, attraction, going around with someone or to facilitate the fanciful and abstract appeal of being father or mother.

When people are able to embrace conception as an act of deliberation, the cycle of poverty, child neglect, child abuse, child abandonment, and children becoming a ward of the state is on the way to being broken.

Making adoptions easier, expanding adoption programs, as well as financial support for pregnant women so they could afford to have their babies, not to mention affordable daycare would also contribute to a reduction in abortions.

Given the financial shortfall plaguing municipalities, governments, charitable organizations, and steadily increasing cost of housing, as well as education … It’s purely lip service to children being a precious resource, society’s future, and so on.

As previously stated: “Pro-life/anti-abortionist forces are willing to do battle with those that perform abortion, those that advocate a woman’s right to choose, and those contemplating or seeking an abortion. It would be honourable, if when their intervention prevented an abortion, they will, after the birth of the child offer moral, physical and financial support to those who might be in need of them. But that is not their interest. Theirs is about bringing life into the world even if one lacks the means to provide for him/her.”

Is that what any God of Mercy and Love would want?