House votes to defund Planned Parenthood; I am livid

Originally posted in Feministing

Despite the impassioned testimony of many lawmakers, on Friday the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to eliminate Title X funding, which supported clinics and programs that provide contraception and basic gynecological care to low-income women. This bill (which I like to call the “Anti-Pap Smear and Anti-Contraception Act” or the “Encouraging Teen STDs Act“) passed with the inclusion of an amendment by Rep. Mike Pence that specifically targets Planned Parenthood, denying the organization all federal funding.

Watch me sputter in anger on national television when Chris Hayes asks me about this bill:

Ann Friedman MSNBC Live 2011-02-18
Transcript here.

If you’re on Twitter, folks have been using the hashtag #thanksPPFA to talk about times when Planned Parenthood was there for them. My core lady Jeanne Brooks has posted a roundup of #thanksPPFA tweets. Her own story is awesome:

As for me, when I was unemployed, uninsured and had an infection, Planned Parenthood treated me for $25 when the treatment should have cost over $300. I took the $300 I saved and bought a plane ticket to interview for what would become my first job in DC. #thanksPPFA!

And if you have some spare cash, now would be a good time to donate it to Planned Parenthood, ideally in the name of Rep. Mike Pence.

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  1. Jill Holbrook
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I first visited a Planned Parenthood clinic as a teenager. I went there to get contraceptives. I got a physical exam, and some very good education about contraception, safe sex, and making good choices for myself. I did not get this information at home, and some of the advice I was given at PP I wouldn’t have heard otherwise, such as how to say no. Anyway, I have always felt that Planned Parenthood is a positive force in any community.

  2. Jill Holbrook
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Planned Parenthood is an excellent resource for women without insurance benefits, or those with a low income. Not everyone can afford to see a specialist.

  3. Posted February 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled msnbc is covering this, and Ann did a great job, but I think msnbc has a pretty clear bias in some of its rhetoric here. I know msnbc is supposed to be the liberal view to balance out the conservative one on Fox News and similar stations, but I think as a news organization, msnbc has a responsibility to avoid bias both conservative AND liberal

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