You know what I'm done with? Mealy-mouthed half-apologetic defenses of Planned Parenthood.
"Oh, but only 3% of the services they provide are for abortions"
So? Stop apologizing for it, no matter what the percentage. If 3% of the operations Mayo Clinic performs are heart transplants, no one seems to feel the need to apologize for them. If Planned Parenthood were an organization that did nothing but perform abortions 100% of the time, they would still be deserving of support. So how is saying they "only" do a small number of abortions help defending them?
You don't seem to understand: you're arguing against people who want PP to perform ZERO abortions. "Only 3%" isn't an argument, and it's not a defense.
"But you can't make abortion illegal in all cases! What about incest and rape?"
What about all the other thousands of reasons that women have to get abortions? What about the fact that the decision they do so is between them and their medical professional, and is none of your damn business? What about you getting it out of your head that you need to approve the validity of the reason for someone else's medical decision?
Let's get less defensive about this. Let's be more proactive: celebrate Planned Parenthood and all the work that they do. Cancer screenings, HPV screenings, contraceptive care, STD screenings and treatments, heart disease and diabetes tests, education, information, risk, Pap tests, breast exams, helping to prevent unintended pregnancies and therefore reducing the number of future abortions, and so many other services to over FIVE MILLION PEOPLE a year.
And YES, ABSOLUTELY: abortions too. Not in tiny type under an asterisk on the last page of the pamphlet. You need an abortion? You have a valid reason? You want to talk to someone about it? Guess what, you're a woman, you have a brain, we trust you with it. They're medical practitioners, they'll help inform you of your options. Does it sound like anyone else needs to be in the room to provide their judgement on this decision? Not to me.
We allow people whose religious beliefs prevent them from getting blood transfusions to make that decision. I think it's rather misguided and idiotic, but it's their decision. But what you or I should never accept is allowing those people to impose that religious belief on someone else's choice to get a blood transfusion. We should be thinking about this the same way: don't like abortions? Don't get one, that's why we like choice.
Want to impose that dislike on someone else? Go stand behind the Jehovah's Witnesses, we'll get to your request right after we make blood transfusion illegal all across the United States, somewhere around the 17th of Nevernowfuckoff.
THAT is how we should be reacting to these attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, to the legislation aimed at making abortion care more complicated, expensive and restrictive for non-medical reasons, to the people on TV explaining why their religious beliefs should guide your medical decisions. We're very glad you like a book: unfortunately it has no good medical advice in it (except for the part about curing leprosy with dove blood, that part's totally awesome). Thank you for your opinion, there's the door.