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Letters to the Editor

Health attack

May 19, 2011

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To the editor:

The Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature and Gov. Brownback have taken action to prevent Planned Parenthood health centers in our state from receiving Title X federal funding. This will result in a loss of lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control and basic family planning for women and families with limited incomes.

This is a brazen and unbelievable strike against women in our state!

What many may not know is that Planned Parenthood and hundreds of thousands of its supporters around the country have fought intensely to ensure Congress’ continued Title X federal funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing and more — and we won!

But Brownback and the Legislature have the ability to remove this federal funding from Planned Parenthood centers in Kansas, and that is exactly what they have just done.

Denying women access to birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and more is utterly unconscionable. Planned Parenthood serves more than 8,000 women, men and teens each year at its Wichita and Hays health centers — the vast majority of whom simply have no other options.

Making Planned Parenthood ineligible to receive funding will actually increase Medicaid and emergency health care costs. Unbelievable!

Clearly, this is a political and biased attack on people with limited incomes and Planned Parenthood. As a result, thousands of families in Kansas will be hurt.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood are rightly outraged at this act of discrimination against women and their families.

This action by the governor and the Republican-dominated Legislature must not be allowed to stand!

Comments

absolutelyridiculous 3 years, 8 months ago

Planned Parenthood is a for profit healthcare business who preys on women in horrible circumstances. As a tax payer, it infuriates me that my tax dollars go to fund poor women who can't or won't take responsibility for their own health by responsible reproductive practices and choices. Thank you Governor Brownback for bringing back personal responsibility that actually empowers women to make better decisions about their health instead of relying on some big corporate giant business to bail them out when they choose to go sleeping around with the wrong guy.

Jimo 3 years, 8 months ago

"As a tax payer, it infuriates me that my tax dollars go to fund poor women"

Yes, because cancer, unwanted children, AIDs and death are all free!

jafs 3 years, 8 months ago

According to a quick google search, PP is a non-profit organization.

And, why do you think that helping low income women make better choices, offering them information and birth control is a bad thing?

How on earth will removing this funding "empower" women?

tomatogrower 3 years, 8 months ago

You guys are cofusing abrid with facts. Cut it out.

madameX 3 years, 8 months ago

What do you mean by "take responsibility for their own health by responsible reproductive practices and choices"? What are cancer screenings and birth control if not that? Why would you not want poor women to have the proper tools that make it possible to make responsible choices?

Jimo 3 years, 8 months ago

The extremist is obsessed about sex, particularly women having sex. Gasp!

You'll notice that he's not upset because he has to pay for careless people who don't "take responsibility" for the harm they do to themselves and others. There's no diatribe at people who eat Twinkies and sit on their lazy asses until they develop heart disease, diabetes, cancer (which I have to pay for!!!!).

No, no -- only women having sex that this wacko doesn't approve of. The abortion aspect is just the excuse to attempt comprehensive control of women's sex lives.

absolutelyridiculous 3 years, 8 months ago

LJW...I encourage you to do a real cutting edge story on the increased risk of breast cancer from abortion and the pill. Science is prooving it. Media is not reporting it because its too controversial and might offend some advertisers. More info: http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/ and http://www.lifeissues.net/writers/kah/kah_02bkbreastcancer.html

llama726 3 years, 8 months ago

Yes, the non-biased, scientifically established website "abortionbreastcancer.com" is clearly the go-to source for accurate, up to date scientific information.

Corey Williams 3 years, 8 months ago

Your name (above), is absolutely right.

*proving

xclusive85 3 years, 8 months ago

I know that you like to be a little abrasive to people who have different ideas than you do, but I noticed you didn't refute what ar actually wrote. If you want a source that may be a little more credible, how about one from the National Cancer Institute?

"The risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers is reduced with the use of OCs, while the risk of breast and cervical cancers is increased."

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/oral-contraceptives

And just so you know I am not really all that biased:

"The newer studies consistently showed no association between induced and spontaneous abortions and breast cancer risk."

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/abortion-miscarriage

Olympics 3 years, 8 months ago

How dare you xclusive! Never, ever provide independent, scientific data to refute a right-wing talking point.

Good day, sir. Good. Day.

xclusive85 3 years, 8 months ago

FYI, I would consider myself much more right wing than left, but fair is fair. Also, I don't agree with the discontinuation of funding for PP.

Robin Jones 3 years, 8 months ago

As insane as you think this decision is, I think it is just as insane to let PP continue to deny Kansas children the right to live. I salute Governor Brownback for this long-overdue decision.

madameX 3 years, 8 months ago

As several articles about this issue have already pointed out, the clinics that will be losing funding do not perform abortions. So this will have exactly zero impact on the number of abortions performed in Kansas.

Jimo 3 years, 8 months ago

What is it with this right-wing culture of death?

Getaroom 3 years, 8 months ago

This a fine article and hits the salient points.

Those of you who focus on the abortion issue are missing the true purpose and mission of Planned Parenthood and diminish the importance of it's continued existence.

Your objections are purely emotional and irrational.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 8 months ago

For Republicans, throwing 8000 patients under the bus is a small price to pay for a bit of ideological grandstanding.

labmonkey 3 years, 8 months ago

And suppose none of these services are performed at places without divisive political overtones? If we were talking about tax money going to a clinic that had Religious overtones, those now defending Planned Parenthood would throw a fit.

thebigspoon 3 years, 8 months ago

Suppose all you want, monkey, but the facts are that PP does not use federal funds for abortions, that poor people may not have the resources other than PP for health and reproductive care, that unwanted pregnancies can be avoided by judicious use of PP programs, that unwanted and under-cared-for children are a drag on the economy, that these can all be addressed by using the funds for which they are intended. You, and all you who push a religious or moral agenda, are deliberately avoiding the salient point, which is that there are people who need the services, other than abortion, that are offered by, and almost wholly by, Planned Parenthood. Your moral agenda is wholly beside the point when it comes to health care and information which can be gotten at PP. When it comes time to judge, you are NOT the entity who will make the judgement.

madameX 3 years, 8 months ago

Part of the problem is, in fact, that in the Hays area Planned Parenthood is it as far as reproductive services for low income folks. Also, the difference between PP and some hypothetical religiously overtoned clinic is that PP does not choose "divisive political overtones." Said overtones are provided by people outside the organization who don't approve of one of the host of services that PP provides. Whereas a religiously based clinic would have made the choice to be religiously based.

labmonkey 3 years, 8 months ago

Wow... you take some huge jumps about my beliefs bigspoon. Planned Parenthood, whether you like it or not, is a political entity who sticks their noses into many controversial issues, and should not receive federal funding... as the religious place shouldn't. You are quick to judge someone and throw accusations around, and appear to be more fanatic than those you accuse of a religious agenda.

(And BTW, I am for birth control. I would almost support mandatory birth control shots, male and female, for those receiving taxpayer money... if you want to sponge off the government like a parent, then you need to follow some parental rules. If you don't like the rules, get out of the house... how that for my moral agenda).

There are other low income clinics out there that would take Planned Parenthood's place if they were to disappear, perhaps with even more private funding since the new group wouldn't have the political baggage of Planned Parenthood... or perhaps PP could use their lobbying dollars to replace the cuts in taxpayer funding... it would be a huge net gain for them.

jafs 3 years, 8 months ago

As a non-profit organization, they have the right to be involved in politics, as long as they don't advocate for specific candidates.

llama726 3 years, 8 months ago

All - and I mean every single organization of that size - necessarily must get involved in politics to survive. You're complaining about this, but you can understand, I assume, why corporations hire lobbyists.

labmonkey 3 years, 8 months ago

madamex... PP spends $600K per year lobbying for abortion policy alone and nearly $400K this year already, plus they donate hundreds of thousands to Democrat party candidates. Sounds like that money for divisive political issues could be better used for patient care instead of taxpayer money.

jafs 3 years, 8 months ago

Sure.

Because as soon as they stop donating that money and lobbying, the Republicans will work for extra funding for PP.

Heavy sarcasm intended.

gkerr 3 years, 8 months ago

Planned Parenthood is a privately endowed abortion provider that shrouds itself by providing family planning and gyn services as well. These latter are medical services provided by many other providers throughout the state. For Planned Parenthood Abortion, that is the killing of unwanted human fetal life, babies in the womb, is their capstone service to Americans.

Abortion is very controversial and opposed as an act of convenience or for routine family planning by a vast majority of the electorate.

Thank goodness we have stopped funding this despicable outfit that has been responsible for the deaths of millions of young American Children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Gkerr

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 8 months ago

No one going into the two clinics that will be affected by this cut in funds goes there to make a political statement. They go there for necessary healthcare services.

So it's you and your ilk who are ideologically driven here. Not Planned Parenthood, and certainly not the patients who just got their access to medical services jerked away from them, with no plan from you and yours on how they will now be provided.

You're a complete hypocrite.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 8 months ago

BTW, the two clinics that just got their funding cut do not offer abortion services. You couldn't get one there even if you wanted one.

Which makes you a liar, to boot.

thebigspoon 3 years, 8 months ago

You, gkerr, do not have the facts straight. How about, instead of being a Moral Majority sheep, you do a search to find out just what part of PP's job is abortion-providing. Then, find out how much of its job is life-saving and -altering information and medical services far removed from terminating pregnancies. Get it straighrt, then argue from fact. You'll be surprised.

On a further note, I'll be surprised if you do any of the research I suggest.

tomatogrower 3 years, 8 months ago

Let's see, Planned Parenthood was founded in 1916, and Roe vs Wade was decided in the early 1970's, so I think family planning and women's health were their first priority. Especially since one of the major causes of death for women at the turn of the last century was having too many babies. Of course, gkerr, you might think that every time a woman has her period, that is an abortion, because her egg wasn't used to procreate. If you are just simply a person who would like to stop unwanted pregnancies, and not one of the "every sperm is sacred" crowd, then I would think you would want to fund PP's efforts to promote contraceptives and prevent pregnancies. If you are one of the radicals, don't let facts get in your way. Lies will work.

Unreal 3 years, 8 months ago

Excellent LTE Donna & Forrest!!! I, along with many other Kansans, am outraged by what Brownback & our legislature is doing with women's health & reproductive rights. Sadly though, it doesn't surprise me. I knew issues like abortion was going to be one of their top priorities in our state once they got elected. It always is. Forget the fact that we have schools closing all over the place, jobs that need creating and are millions in debt in our state. By golly, abortion & cutting off Planned Parenthood needs to be top priority. Really?

And absolutelyridiculous, that is just what your posts are!

". . .instead of relying on some big corporate giant business to bail them out when they choose to go sleeping around with the wrong guy" Did you really post this?! You should be embarrased. You need to look outside of your tiny bubble you live in and realize there are all kinds of reasons why a woman would go to Planned Parenthood. But shame on them for not being rich and able to afford cancer screenings, wellness exams, etc. right?

I'm assuming your anti-abortion stance is wrapped up in your religious beliefs, yes? Hmmmm....I have a feeling Jesus would have no problem with poor women having access to life-saving exams such as cancer screenings, mammos, etc. After all, that is who Jesus helped the most, poor people. People like you really are such hypocrites.

gkerr 3 years, 8 months ago

Whiners All,

If all Planned Parenthood did was gyn services then there wouldn't be the opposition. Planned Parenthood as a corporate entity is a huge abortion provider and performs most abortions for family planning or convenience purposes. Abortion in most instances is opposed by a vast majority of Americans. Many believe it is killing of innocent human life a vile barbarism that will be seen as a tragic mistake in later eras. Planned Parenthood is kind of a religious institution for the secular materialists who scoff at most things traditional. As times get tougher and finances come dearer edgy social experimentation that is disaster for a culture will be eliminated.

I'm sure that Europe which has collapsed demographically wishes it had many of their children back that were so thoughtlessly killed over the past decades. In any case those who support Planned Parenthoods nasty abortion practices may support them. I'm thrilled that in Kansas the National organization Planned Parenthood will not be funded in any way by the government. Gkerr

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 8 months ago

Wow, you pulled out a whole army full of strawmen for that post.

Jimo 3 years, 8 months ago

"If all Planned Parenthood did was gyn services then there wouldn't be the opposition."

But of course the only public funding is for gyn services! You've refuted your own point.

gkerr 3 years, 8 months ago

Jimo,

But of course that's not true. Planned Parenthood is a national organization that has plenty of support from the private sector. Nationwide they are big abortion provider and procurer, especially in minority neighborhoods. Abortion has decimated the black population and has done infinite damage to millions of children and parents.

Subsidies to planned parenthood locally would be fungible nationally. You want to donate to planned parenthood then do it. Let their be choice not to donate by those of us who loathe much of what they do around the country.
Gkerr

Jimo 3 years, 8 months ago

"But of course that's not true."

The budget of the U.S. is reproduced online. Provide the link to support your claim or shut the hell up.

lucky_guy 3 years, 8 months ago

If I am not mistaken, I might be, the non-funding of PP saved $300K. It probably cost about that much for Brownie to to keep his LearJet to fly to events like to Lawrence to claim credit for the Bowersock project, then to the flint hills to open a reserve area that no one will visit then back to Topeka.

Kirk Larson 3 years, 8 months ago

The cancers that won't be diagnosed, the STD's that go unchecked, the unintended pregnanacies that don't get prenatal care that result in children with more special needs and who need more public assistance. Yeah, we're sure gonna fix the budget like this. Bunch of short sighted idiots.

gkerr 3 years, 8 months ago

The Swalls,

Planned Parenthood is a national organization that is large scale abortion provider. They seem to have great support in this city by the enlightened and I presume generous. Why not give them a hefty donation every month to keep or even expand their services. Surely state funding is not the only means of support. There is no reason public purse should support such a despicable organization. You find them laudable. I find their overall target of abortion services especially for minority women disgusting.
Gkerr

voevoda 3 years, 8 months ago

gkerr, If you so dislike Planned Parenthood, you and others of your philosophy could have set up a rival organization that provides all the same services as Planned Parenthood (except abortion) a long time ago. But you didn't. Instead, the anti-abortion lobby has poured its money into political action committees to agitate against Planned Parenthood (the primary organization that has made the health of women its chief mission) with the intention of depriving needy women, including pregnant ones who want to bear a healthy child, of medical attention. That alone tells the rest of us how much you really care about the well-being of impoverished and minority women. And about the lives of unborn children.

barlowtl 3 years, 8 months ago

Forrest & Donna, I did not intend to reply to your letter after reading some of the postings here but I want to tell you how much I appreciate your speaking out. It sometimes seems lilke an exercize in futility but you can hope at least one reader will realize the truth in what you say. Recently I rceived a letter from my dr's office informing me that my insurance co. records show that I am again eligible for my annual tests and checkups and reminded me of the importance of such regular checkups. I knew it was a letter I would never have received if I had no insurance. It just so happened that the goveronr in the state where I now live had just signed the anti planned parenthood bill here. As I saw the irony, I began to wonder how many women would forego seeing a doctor because they had to choose between feeding their family and paying a doctor. Thanks for your letter and if you do read the postings please skip over the really insulting ones. With your training you know how it is when people "act out".
I pray that cooler heads will eventually prefail. God bless you both.

llama726 3 years, 8 months ago

Abortion is more closely tied to economics than you think. Why on Earth doesn't anyone actually want to reduce abortions? It's either ban it or don't ban it, but if you have an environment in which a woman can raise a child, she's a lot less likely to have an abortion, more people are likely to be available to adopt, and the woman (and her partner) are more likely to have information about proper contraception use.

Instead, we cut social programs for the poorest in our country (who are statistically way more likely to have an abortion), demand that no one teach our kids what a condom is, and attack an organization relentlessly because they provide abortions (in addition to dozens of other services which go a long way to preventing the need for abortions).

Stop freaking out. No one likes abortions (except sociopaths). Women aren't getting them because they're fun.

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