Day 61 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
Hillary supports women’s reproductive rights.
There are far too many layers to this point, and I will likely revisit it to peel back some of the other layers. For the moment, I will mostly focus on Planned Parenthood and its funding – or the fights about its funding that have been going on for decades.
Planned Parenthood’s primary focus is on healthcare and prevention:
- 80% of their patients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy, preventing approximately 579,000 unintended pregnanciesevery year.
- They provide more than 270,000 Pap testsand more than 360,000 breast exams every year, critical services in detecting cancer.
- They provide more than 4.2 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including more than 650,000 HIV tests.
- Their affiliates provide educational programs and outreach to 5 million young people and adults in a single year.
- 75% of PP’s patients live 150% below the poverty level, meaning they could not receive necessary treatment elsewhere.
- 60 million people visit PP every year.
- Three percentof all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services.
Hillary has supported Planned Parenthood for decades – and they have broken tradition and endorsed her (they don’t usually endorse anyone, but made an exception). This post is near and dear to my heart because, when Susan G. Komen decided to defund PP, caving to political pressure, my friend Deanna Zandt was instrumental in fighting back. She created a tumblr site: “How Planned Parenthood Saved Me.” Over 300 women told their stories. It appeared on national media and its momentum helped turn the tide. (read about it below)
As an aside (and for those disturbed by the 3%), Hillary has also been instrumental in working to prevent teenage pregnancy, so that abortion is (in her words); “legal, safe and rare.” In 1995, she was a key player launching the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. As of 2015, the teen pregnancy rate declined by 55% since its peak in 1990.