There are two sides to every coin. Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood is notorious for showing only the one side of the coin and pretending that the other doesn't exist.
In Aimee Quadri's letter to the editor in the July 8 issue of the Steamboat Today, we see just that. Frankly, I'm tired of the public being subjected to the unending stream of Planned Parenthood's tempting promises of how it will save the masses through contraception and affordable reproductive health care.
The fact is that Planned Parenthood is a front for abortion. The latest polls show that the majority of American citizens believe that abortion is murder. And the fact is that taxes from that majority are going to support this organization that feeds scared and hormonal pregnant women the lie that somehow abortion is a quick fix for their "problem." The prevailing wisdom these days is to stop having children and all will be well. Because our government officially has bequeathed a hefty national debt to our children, perhaps we shouldn't be eradicating our future generations before they get a chance to foot the bill for this financial crisis that Quadri cites as the reason to visit Planned Parenthood.
Why doesn't Planned Parenthood tell their clients the facts? You never see the word "abortion" in their ads. It's cleverly disguised under "and more" on their list of services. And there is no disclaimer in their ads about how abortion gravely affects the emotional state of every woman who has had one performed, how most every woman at some point in her life regrets choosing abortion (including Roe, of Roe v. Wade, who now is a pro-life spokesperson), or how statistically, married couples who use contraception have a much greater probability of ending in divorce than couples who practice natural family planning.
Natural family planning has a 100 percent effectiveness rate if used properly. In this method, there is no need for women to add harmful hormones to their bodies through contraceptive pills, which list more horrifying side effects than one can count. Families can plan and coordinate their births through tracking the woman's fertility signs. What woman couldn't benefit from knowing more about how her body actually works? It was a real eye-opener for me. And why is it that so many women will buy hormone-free organic milks and chemical-free produce but then turn around and fill their bodies with contraceptive hormones that have far worse effects on their bodies and minds?
Crisis pregnancy centers across the country provide counseling for those who have chosen abortion, guidance on how to get maternity care, and how to apply for support from Medicare, Medicaid and S.C.H.I.P. Right here in Steamboat Springs, there is the Pregnancy Resource Center, which provides maternity and baby clothing, baby care supplies, counseling and ultrasounds for women considering abortion. All of these services are provided without the help of our tax dollars. I am in no way affiliated with the Pregnancy Resource Center, but I would like to see organizations like it succeed and grow through the much-needed support of the community. And, more than anything, I would like to see Planned Parenthood exposed for what it truly is.