We stepped out for groceries yesterday, and the country fell 100 years back in time. The United States House of Representatives has voted to cut off all federal funding to Planned Parenthood for public services like HIV tests, cancer screenings, birth control education and distribution, and other lifesaving care.
Straight from the horse’s mouth:
AN OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESS
To the members of the House of Representatives who voted for the Pence Amendment to H.R. 1:
How could you?
How could you betray millions of women — and men, and teens — who rely on Planned Parenthood for basic health care?
How could you condemn countless women in this country to undiagnosed cancer, unintended pregnancies, and untreated illnesses?
Your vote was not only against those who seek care at Planned Parenthood health centers, but against every one of us who has ever sought care there, and against every one of us who knows that when we are healthy, when we are in charge of our lives, we thrive.
It was a vote against me.
To every senator who will soon consider this legislation:
I stand with Planned Parenthood to say to you: STOP THIS.
I stand with Planned Parenthood and the hundreds of thousands of people from every walk of life and every corner of this country who join me in signing this letter to tell you that we will fight this bill and we expect you to do the same.
I stand with and for the millions of women, men, and teens who rely on Planned Parenthood, and I expect you to do the same.
To every member of Congress, know that we stand together today against this outrageous assault, and together we will not lose.
Ladies and gents, this move by our elected officials is straight up disturbing. It’s not right. It’s not fair. This move will strip Planned Parenthood of a third of its funding – obliterating their ability to provide life saving and preventative care. This is criminal.
Real talk here, and this is kind of gross, but I personally received care and medication from Planned Parenthood a few years back after contracting an STD. Not the forever kind, but the kind the burns and pusses and freaks you the hell out. I was on vacation down at the Jersey shore of all places with my foster mother and sister when I noticed that the salty ocean water was making my penis burn like a fiery inferno. A quick visit to Planned Parenthood diagnosed the problem and gave me the simple antibiotics I needed to heal. Lesson learned. But straight up, where would I have gone had Planned Parenthood not existed? This organization isn’t only about helping young, pregnant girls. They serve the LGBT community in far more ways than you realize.
If you do nothing else today, please take a moment to sign Planned Parenthood’s letter to the House of Representatives. We totally give you license to fart around on the internet and stay in your pajamas all day long just so long as you click below and sign the petition. Actually, when you’re through, share this post on Facebook and encourage your friends to do the same.
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Are you as livid as we are about this boneheaded and absolutely destructive decision from your Congressmen?