Letters to the Editor

Supports funding for Planned Parenthood

Republicans say that they want to de-fund Planned Parenthood to save the unborn when no federal dollars are used for abortions at Planned Parenthood. Federal dollars are used to provide family planning and STD counseling, general women’s reproductive health care, prenatal care, and counseling to give women the information they need to make an informed decision if they are pregnant. These services result in fewer unwanted pregnancies.

Women will find a way to get an abortion if that is the choice they need to make. Illegal, non-medical abortions are dangerous to the woman’s health. Illegality has never stopped abortion from happening in any country anywhere. If women do not have the option of reproductive counseling, they are more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy. I say thank God for Planned Parenthood that provides women’s reproductive health services.

Without Planned Parenthood I believe there would be more abortions in the U.S. each year and that supporting Planned Parenthood is supporting fewer abortions. Trying to interfere through law with a woman’s right to choose abortion will not reduce abortions. Supporting women’s reproductive health care and empowering women in this way is the best way to reduce abortions. If you support the right to life, I believe you should support Planned Parenthood.

Michael Chiavario