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Friday, June 9, 2023


Don’t bust out your pitch forks for Planned Parenthood


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The clockwork of political campaigning is almost too predictable. Every election always has some “sudden” controversial event that politicians will exploit to try and shape societies’ political party preference.

Recently, videos showing less than moral intentions from Planned Parenthood have surfaced, and it’s making anti-choice groups bust out their pitch forks and torches.

Republicans are even moving to try and cut funding Planned Parenthood entirely.

These videos have smear campaigning written all over them.

While these videos at first glance may seem “legit,” diving deep into the relation of whom they were released from proves its intention of smearing the Planned Parenthood organization.

According to an interview on ABC News, Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, was confronted on the scandal and said that, “The folks behind this, in fact, are part of the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement that has been behind, you know, the bombing of clinics, the murder of doctors in their homes, and in their churches. And that’s what actually needs to be looked at.”

The government is aware that this anti-abortion movement is being raised by a horrific group. But why is it not taking time to seek justice for the invasion of privacy of the clients and the danger that it poses to the doctors who provide women basic healthcare?

Richards gives great descriptions into the services that Planned Parenthood provides. 

We do more at Planned Parenthood every single day to prevent unintended pregnancy than any organization in the country,” she said. “One in five women in the country have been to Planned Parenthood for health care.”

Looking at the big picture, the movement against abortion just won’t go away.  Republicans are utilizing society’s reactions to these videos to surface a campaign that plays heavily on the emotions of others to dictate how this next presidential campaign will run.

Let’s leave it up to the Republicans to seek financial gain rather than render it for the benefit of women’s health. The decision should be to remain up to the individual. It is easy to make someone have a child by revoking abortion rights, but it isn’t easy to watch that child possibly suffer due to an unwanted pregnancy.

Whether an individual is pro-choice or not, your own values should not be imposed on to others.

Opinion columnist Phylicia Sneed is an english senior and may be reached at [email protected]

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