I’m happy to get this endorsement as I appreciate women and families. Planned Parenthood has lots of services that help out struggling families, and those are the people I’m trying to help as a legislator in Helena. I figure there are already enough people with lots of money helping out businesses every two years, and we need more voices for the poor and forgotten.
Here are some of the things Planned Parenthood of Montana does for hardworking families:
- Female physical exams;
- Male reproductive health exams;
- Colposcopy, cryotherapy, and testing and treatment for precancerous cervical conditions;
- General family practice at selected locations;
- Mid-life and menopausal care;
- Transgender services;
- Birth control information and supplies;
- Emergency contraception;
- Testing for, and treatment of, sexually transmitted infections;
- HIV testing and referral;
- Pregnancy testing, options education and information;
- Abortion services.
It’s that last point that gets both political parties in this country riled-up. I think women have a right to do whatever it is they want with their bodies, pretty much like men.
Anyone who’s read my comments on the issue on the many blogs and newspapers of the state knows my take on this. Here are a couple:
Imagine how much better the world would be if anti-abortion folks actually cared about anyone but themselves.
Perhaps there’s some of those folks here now. How often do you call that woman you convinced not to have an abortion? Do you ever get together for coffee, help change a diaper, or write a reference to the university?
No, because you don’t care about these people. God doesn’t like that. (MT Cowgirl, March 26)
For them it’s just politics, and honestly, I think they’re clueless on what a lot of young families are going through, especially when it comes to finances.
It costs about $1 million to raise a kid from 0 to 18, and I’ve got news for you, most people in Montana aren’t making that in eighteen years, even with two part-time jobs. So save your moral indignation for someone with money.
Here’s another one where I really lay out how I feel about this whole abortion debate in America, which I think is a sham:
It’s unfortunate we don’t have Republicans smart enough to know abortion isn’t an issue, it’s a detractor issue.
How much money does abortion and contraception make up in our economy? So it’s a wedge issue that’s just great at keeping the two parties in power. Most people are stupid enough to get worked up about it. But then the propaganda wings of the two parties are so good that many believe abortion matters.
What’s unfortunate with Zinke is that he’s changing his views. I’m not sure if that’s the out of state money that’s got its hooks in him or what he thinks he needs to do to win. Usually I only do things I don’t want to when people are paying me, you know, like work. So who’s Zinke working for here?
What’s really sad is how much I’ve been reading about abortion in the state papers. Well, scratch that, I haven’t read a word of it. Because I’m smart and educated enough to know that abortion isn’t an issue – we just want it to be. We want an issue like this that will continue to divide us, allow us to yell at one another, and play blame and finger pointing games.
This is what rich people do, and they love to spend their money to see poor people do the same thing. It’s like entertainment, a sporting event, watching those people with signs protesting. Nothing comes of it, it’s not supposed to. The issue is only there to keep the two parties alive.
It’s amazing how much relevance things lose when you just stop paying attention to them. Most of the country has on abortion, Montana politicians should do the same thing. (MT Cowgirl, May 6)