Family Planning

I’d venture to say that 90% or more of the readers of Attachment Mama are mothers. Many of us dreamed up our beloved children for years before having them. Many of us planned when we would get pregnant (roughly) and how far apart each child would be.  And many of us may have thought about being mothers but had unplanned pregnancies.

My long time best girlfriend found out she was pregnant the first year of her PHd program, just one month after moving in with her new boyfriend. It was a very difficult decision for them at the time, but they chose to have their baby. They married a few weeks prior to him being born and had another baby two years later — all while finishing their Phd programs.

Seriously impressive.

Some couples and single women aren’t in the same position to be able to handle an unplanned pregnancy so well.

And thus, the enormous benefit of incredible services like Planned Parenthood that make women’s health services and birth control affordable and accessible.

Did you know that on February 18, House representatives voted 240 – 185 to pass the “Pence Amendment,” which if made into law will strip Planned Parenthood of all its federal funding? This would prevent them and all their affiliated organizations from receiving any federal funds — including money for STD testing, pregnancy testing and cancer screenings.

Because they serve many under-resourced individuals and couples, this would mean that 48% or 1.4 Million people would be cut off from their source of health care.

As a busy Mom, Planned Parenthood isn’t typically on my radar these days.  So how do I know all this?

My BRILLIANT daughter Audrey, a sophomore at Bryn Mawr College, is advocating to help save Planned Parenthood right now and has put together this valuable web site resource that is currently getting 1000’s of hits every day.  I’m very proud of her for being drawn to work that makes a difference for other people — especially women.

Way to go Audrey – I love you!

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One Response to “Family Planning”

  1. Audrey says:

    Thanks Mon for putting this up! It means a lot!

    I would like to note one thing, since a lot of people don’t know this:

    Planned Parenthood offers all kinds of amazing services and is proactive in furthering women’s rights and education. As we all know, SOME Planned Parenthood clinics also offer abortions, which is the controversial issue driving the Pence Amendment. What people don’t know, however, is that abortions are NOT funded by the federal government because of the Hyde Amendment. The Pence Amendment, if made into law, would strip Planned Parenthood of all its OTHER medical services. This would prevent millions from receiving contraception, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, other women’s services, family planning counseling, and more. The fact that our Congress is making this issue about abortion is preposterous, since that is not what this is about.

    I know abortion is an awful thing to think about, especially on a Mama blog, but that is exactly why we need to support Planned Parenthood. They offer free birth control and condoms to millions of clients, therefore preventing people from ever having to even consider abortion as an option.

    If you want to help, please sign the petition and write your senator. Millions of low-income women and families are relying on our help! You can find out all the information needed to help by going to the site Monica posted above.

    Thank you!

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