I Stand with Planned Parenthood

According to a recent article, “Since 1977, there have been 8 murders, 17 attempted murders, 42 bombings and 186 arsons and thousands of other incidents.”[1] And just this past week, someone targeted a Planned Parenthood, killing three people, and wounding nine more. How is this pro-life?

You’re trying to save an unborn life? At what point is a fetus a life? Science can’t agree on when life starts, so what makes you think you’re qualified to make that decision? It’s my thinking, and this is just my opinion, that life doesn’t start until it is self-sustaining. Meaning, that unless the fetus can survive outside of the womb, without any medical intervention, it’s not a life. A child born at 21 weeks of gestation or less, with neonatal intensive care, has a 0% survival rate[2]. Explain to me how you’re saving a life that can’t be saved? You are not God.

Speaking of God, let’s talk about the people who like to throw religion into the mix. If God has a problem with a person having or performing an abortion, isn’t that between that person and God? Isn’t that the purpose of Judgement Day? If that person burns in hell for all eternity, how is that any of your business? Why would you even care? I’d also like to point out that not everyone shares your religious beliefs.

“Ninety percent of single-parent families are headed by females. Not surprisingly, single mothers with dependent children have the highest rate of poverty across all demographic groups (Olson & Banyard, 1993). Approximately 60 percent of U.S. children living in mother-only families are impoverished, compared with only 11 percent of two-parent families. The rate of poverty is even higher in African-American single-parent families, in which two out of every three children are poor.”[3] Why would you want to contribute to this? In forcing a woman to have a child, or more children, you are. You’re putting a woman, and her child/children, into this situation. Or making it worse.

And for those who want to act all holier than thou, I don’t want to hear about premarital sex and that she shouldn’t be having sex and now she has to live with the consequences. Really?! One, people make mistakes. You’re not perfect, so don’t act like you are. Two, birth control fails. Three, not everyone believes you have to wait until marriage to have sex. And the ones that do, a lot of them are having premarital sex too. How about we practice what we preach.

Abstinence you say?  “Contrary to popular belief, sex is a biological need.” [4] It also fulfills physical and mental needs that contribute to overall good health.

I could keep going, but I’m not trying to write a book. I just think too many people get tunnel vision in their thinking and don’t bother trying to see anything else.  I stand with Planned Parenthood because I believe in what they do and why they do it.

 

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[1] http://news.yahoo.com/planned-parenthood-under-fire-literally-063653976.html

[2] http://www.spensershope.org/chances_for_survival.htm

[3] http://www3.uakron.edu/schulze/401/readings/singleparfam.htm

[4] https://www.smartlivingnetwork.com/living-healthy/b/the-male-biological-need-for-sex/

Change: Why Fight It?

I would imagine that at some point in a person’s life they sit back and reflect on it. Reflect on their life as it has been, as it is, and as you imagine it to be in the future. I know I have and I’m hoping I’m not the only one in the small circle of people I know. I think that it’s important for a person to do in order to grow and evolve. I’m not the same person I used to be. None of us are. Even if we’re not consciously trying to change ourselves, it still happens. Change is the one constant in everyone’s life.

Change is something that you can guarantee. It will happen. And yet, so many people fight it. Myself included. I hate change. Change is an unknown and the unknown terrifies me. I think it must be terrifying for most people.

Here’s what I don’t get. If change is inevitable, why fight it? If a specific change does not affect your life in any way, why fight it? For example, the right for certain members of our society to marry.

A Supreme Court decision in 1967 made interracial marriages legal. I’m sure there were those who opposed it. Did society change because of this decision? Not really. It allowed people who were in love and wanted to marry to do so. It allowed interracial couples the same rights as others. The only people it affected were the couples that, until 1967, were not allowed to legally marry.

This year, a Supreme Court decision allowed those same rights to gay couples. And, once again, there are those who oppose it. Why? I’ve heard countless reasons. None of which I would consider valid. Did it change society? No. All it did was allow members of our society the same rights as everyone else.

Did it affect you personally? Yes? You have or will marry the person that you love? Or a friend or relative will marry the person they love? Great! No? Then why do you care? What valid reason (not including religion or opinions) could you possibly have for not wanting two people to have the same rights that you do? It doesn’t take anything away from you, so I don’t get it.

Change is inevitable. You may as well accept it because it’s going to happen whether you like it or not. It’s just a matter of time. We, individually and as a society, will continue to change and evolve. Or at least I hope we do.

 

A Little About Me and My Posts…

Hi. I’m new to blogging so if you could take it easy on me, that’d be great.

I have many thoughts and opinions (who doesn’t) on what I read or see on TV. Hence the blog. My daughter blogs and thought it would be a good idea for me to try it. Part of my hesitancy is that I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I’m trying to ease up on that. Otherwise, I’ll never get anything posted.

I work full time and I have a family. In my spare time (Is there such a thing?) I like to read and watch TV shows and movies. What do I read?  It depends. I read fiction (Stephen King, Nora Roberts) and a lot on psychology and relationships. In the last few years, I’ve decided that if I wasn’t really into a book, I wasn’t going to finish it. I just have too many books on my “to read” list. I don’t have time to read a book that I’m not loving. And if I’m reading a book, on psychology or relationships, and it references another book, I look it up. And it usually ends up on my “to read” list. Sometimes, I’m reading two and three books at the same time.

What will I be blogging about? Anything and everything.

I welcome all ideas, thoughts, comments, and opinions. But, please, be nice. I’m more than happy to have an intelligent conversation or debate. But, not if you’re going to be mean (I guess that’s the mother in me).