View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Planned Parenthhood closes six Texas clinics

According to news accounts, Planned Parenthood closed its six El Paso, Texas, clinics on June 26.

Analinda Moreno, interim executive director of the clinics, said money trouble led to the shutdown.

This is a step in the right direction.

First, we must make sure adequate REAL health care is in place for women, then we need to pray and work to make sure Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation close - unless they change their death-dealing ways.

One way is to cut off their money - which means getting the government to stop giving them our tax dollars.

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Blogger Genjlcgettys said...

Great news indeed!

I hadn't heard about this until I saw it here. Nicely done, Lee.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Richard Grabman said...

I think you may be (and excuse the cliche) "throwing out the baby with the bathwater" here. I was living out in west Texas during my stint back in the U.S., 210 miles from El Paso (in Alpine, TX), and PP was the only recourse for poor women's health care, pre-natal care, etc.

You have to remember that west Texas is not only an isolated area with huge distances between populations (it looks like the cowboy movies... cactus and mountains... and more cactus) and includes some of the poorest people in the United States.

The State of Texas does a terrible job with public heath care, and other than a regional hospital in Alpine, there isn't much in the way of pre-natal care, or basic health care, anywhere between El Paso and Del Rio.

And, for those who can walk across the bridge into Juarez or Ojinaga, there are abortions available. Athough the State of Chihuahua restricts abortions, they are widely practiced in Mexico. As it is, the only jurisdiction in Mexico now allowing legal abortions (the Federal District) witnessed a drop in abortions -- and maternal deaths -- following legalization. This despite the fact that women from outside the Federal District travel to Mexico City specifically for a legal abortion. Basically, it's because in Mexico City, the abortions are performed under strict medical supervision, something you don't get in Chihuahua.

On the other hand, Chihuahua and Coahuila (the two states bordering west Texas) have lower maternal and infant death rates ... Mexican public health care concentrates on pre-natal care and "well baby" programs -- something PP also provided in west Texas and will be lost with these closures.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

In the case of Planned Parenthood, they want to throw out the baby as well.

It would be good if the money that goes to Planned Parenthood could be redirected to legitimate health care organizations.

6:22 PM  

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