This week our Former Fundamentalist weighs in on the effectiveness of family planning programs. This article really put a bee in my bonnet. It's starts out happily enough by outlining a recent study which proves the undeniable 3-pronged effectiveness of publicly funded family planning:
...[it] prevents nearly 2 million unintended pregnancies and more than 800,000 abortions in the United States each year, saving billions of dollars...Without publicly funded family planning, it said, the U.S. abortion rate would be nearly two-thirds higher, and nearly twice as high among poor women."
DID YOU READ THAT LAST PART? FAMILY PLANNING PREVENTS ABORTIONS! Sorry to yell. I'm not mad. No, I'm lying. I am mad. I'm just not mad at you. Unless you are Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council. He says stupid crap like:
"[Funding for Title X] is another Planned Parenthood bailout...It covers their overhead."
Yeah, Tony. I know PP is like your mortal enemy because of all the fetus vacuums they service, but Title X funds can't be used for abortions. Besides (see above), if we took Tony's advice, the abortion rate would be 2/3 higher than it is right now. His sage advice, by the way is "Don't have sex until marriage."
"[Tony] also expressed concern about the concept of public funding of contraception for unmarried people...'The issue is whether taxpayers should fund, and thereby encourage, behavior that's risky and morally questionable'".
I cannot believe that we even consider the opinions of a fanatic who treats the masses like his personal youth group experiment. DO PEOPLE STILL BELIEVE THE EXISTENCE OF BIRTH CONTROL CAUSES PEOPLE TO HAVE SEX?
So whatever. Conservatives continue to take indefensible positions and alienate constituencies like low-income and minority women, who have higher rates of unintended pregnancies and abortions anyway. But fuck 'em, right? Everyone knows poor women, women of color, women who have sex outside of marriage, women who exercise their reproductive freedom...really all women and their weak arms and tiny lady brains are going to hell anyway.