I have never been one for promoting pro-life. I am pro-life, however. That is when it comes to decisions, physically, in my own life. Not someone else’s. Being a lesbian, I have no need for birth control. Still, when I had been younger…and indecisive, birth control from Planned Parenthood, fit into my low income budget. And, after coming fully-out? Planned Parenthood had remained my healthcare provider for all my ‘female’ exams!
In these days of appointing Provincial Judges to a higher court and electing right wing officials, our freedoms are dwindling…a little at time. Slipping budget cuts in between the moments of #45’s latest debacle.
The White House plans to issue new guidelines for Title X, the only federal program dedicated to paying for birth control. The new rule is expected to require a “physical as well as financial separation” between entities that receive Title X funds and those that provide abortions.
By the way, in-between the fine lines of screwing women over…
Title X provides birth control, screening for sexual transmitted diseases and reproductive healthcare.
Over 40% of Planned Parenthood’s clients receive these services.
Part of the problem, one study indicated, is that many doctors assume their queer, bi, and lesbian patients are straight, or believe the “urban myth” that lesbian women don’t need to be tested for STIs or reproductive cancers because they don’t have heterosexual sex with cisgender men. These kinds of assumptions reinforce the misguided notion that queer women are militantly monogamous, and therefore don’t need to worry about STDs. The idea that queer sex between women isn’t “real” sex suggests that queer relationships are somehow less valuable or meaningful than heterosexual relationships—a belief that is both alienating and dangerous. Lesbian women are screened for HPV, STIs, and cervical cancer less frequently, and may not be offered the same amount of information about preventative measures like dental dams or the HPV vaccine as heterosexual patients, leading to a greater risk for cervical cancers and other reproductive health issues.
Young queer women are particularly vulnerable to contracting HPV and STIs, and according to one 2015 study, may be more likely to opt out of receiving the HPV vaccine without sufficient information from their healthcare providers. Fish’s research focused primarily on lesbian women, but bisexual women, trans women and men, and gender nonbinary individuals regularly report experiencing anxiety about disclosing their gender identity and sexual orientation. They have good reason to: Trans individuals surveyed in “Transgender Patient Perceptions of Stigma in Health Care Contexts,” a 2013 study published in the journal Medical Care, reported being denied healthcare, or experiencing “substandard care, forced care, [and] verbal abuse.”
The Trump administration’s plan to reinstate a Reagan-era domestic gag rule would make it illegal for healthcare providers receiving funding from Title X to refer patients to outside clinics or abortion providers. “Planned Parenthood serves 41 percent of the 4 million people who rely on the Title X program. If Planned Parenthood were pushed out of the program, the ability for those people to access free or low-cost birth control, cancer screenings, STD screenings, and other reproductive health care would be at risk,” Dean says. With growing numbers of young people identifying as queer, access to safe spaces and resources for appropriate and accurate sex education is more important than ever. Until the mainstream medical community learns to recognize queer women’s right to affordable, queer-inclusive care, Planned Parenthood will remain an essential, valuable resource.
Dear Chain of Fools…commonly known as the Crackers elected into office-C.E.O
Give me back my Buddha
Give me back my Freak
Give me back…all that has made me unique!
And, oh, by the way, Big Brother,
take back your dime if you are buying my time.
If it means you will leave me alone and
Man has dispersed the needle
Defying our bodies for the sake of your ego!
Handed down the spoon.
With no one exempt..
Not even…The cracker dress in pressed pinstripe
shutting down the capital at high noon.
Keep your paws off my laws!
Keep your plans for parenthood and your witch hunt draped in factual flaws.
These are not a man’s, white or black, causes.
Time it was we were melting in the pot as one
The women in the harbor with honor shining bright is not your lady
She is someone’s
She is someone’s
She is someone’s
If they plan on appealing Obamacare…what will become of women’s healthcare? For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning. – See more at: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/who-we-are#sthash.z4M5MgoI.dpuf
I am Brangien [Brangaine] of Weisefort, Ireland, lady-in-waiting to my cousin Isolde, who became promised to King Marc of Cornwall. His nephew Tristan escorted us to England by ship. But Tristan and Isolde fell in love at sea. As ye may know, or will find out, they cite the philter they drank as the cause, over which I was supposed to keep vigil. I would like to share my perspective of how I have created good in the world through my herbs and observations. There is much to tell, including how I have adopted this odd language. In good time. My life is in God’s hands. –Inspired by the modern French translations of the Tristan and Isolde texts