Friday, July 15, 2011

Spoke to soon

So, it turns that just because my state's government is on summer break doesn't mean that reproductive health battles aren't being fought in other areas of the US currently.

According to an article on change.org, "Medical students and residents at the University of Wisconsin pursuing OB/GYN studies may not be able to complete their training -- and the school faces the prospect of losing its residency accreditation for training doctors in this specialty. Why? Because medical students and residents are being banned from learning the abortion and miscarriage management techniques that save women’s lives. Anti-choice politicians in Wisconsin tacked on a provision to the governor’s budget bill stating that state funds cannot be used for abortion care."  Check out the link and sign the petition.

Also, the National Partnership for Women & Families' policy report today highlighted that "Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said the panel plans to investigate the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and "possibly" hold a hearing on the group's federal funding."  Really?!  With soooo much of a national debt to overcome, we're wasting chasing after PP.  Besides the fact that I strongly believe Planned Parenthood deserves every cent of federal funding they receive, blocking $70 million in funding is not going to make a dent in the amount that needs to be cut from the federal budget.  Dearest republican party conservatives, can you please just get over yourselves and actually spend time on things that matter, things that will actually improve the health and welfare of Americans' lives?

1 comment:

Solitary Diner said...

Your last statement is so true! I am constantly frustrated by people who waste so much time and emotional energy on causes that at best do no good and at worst do harm - like the pro-life protesters who picket outside our women's hospital yet seem to have no concern for the kids on the playground across the street who are often dealing with lack of food, poor housing, and abusive parents.