Are Women’s Rights at Risk?

As the election creeps closer and closer, the political ads are even more prominent.  Something about the election is featured in every news broadcast.  Every commercial break holds at least one political ad.  It saddens me to see the turn that these ads have taken.  With all the issues that face this nation right now, much of the political agenda has been focused on a women’s choice lately.  And the problem is not one sided.  The Obama campaign is pouring money into ads with women stating how frightened they are by their rights being threatened because of Romney’s previous “support” of ending Planned Parenthood and fighting abortion.  On the opposite end, Romney’s campaign has denied many of these claims and does not clearly state his position at all.  The reason these ads sadden me so is that it has taken a touchy issue, twisted it, and made it the face of the campaign.  While we are facing economic troubles, healthcare debates, international tensions, and more, we are arguing over whether women’s rights are at jeopardy.  While everyone will have their own opinion, I would like to state mine.  Are the rights of women being jeopardized by the threat of a Republican candidate opposing Planned Parenthood and abortion?  No.

Planned Parenthood’s website offers information on the services they provide.  Abortion, birth control, the morning after pill, STDs, and women’s health are among the services listed on the main webpage.  So let’s think about what Planned Parenthood truly has to offer.  Abortion is the top service listed.  When you click on their link for information, the website tells you that 1 in 3 women in the United State will have an abortion before the age of 45.  Now, in all these political ads, the focus seems to be on how terrible ending abortion would be because of victims of rape who become pregnant.  Rape or any sexual assault is terrible.  Never ever ever would I defend that.  The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network estimates that in one year (using 2004-2005 as their study year) .o5% of rape resulted in pregnancy.  Looking at those statistics, I think it is clear that rape is certainly not the leading reason for 1 in 3 women in America having an abortion.  Most women are having an abortion because they are having unprotected relationships when they are not ready for the actual consequences.  Instead of teaching women to respect their bodies and to wait for a real relationship, Planned Parenthood spends 33.5% of its funding on contraceptive services.  Not surprisingly, another 38% of their funding is spent on STD testing and treating.  So over 70% of the funding goes towards preventing pregnancy, and another 3% of funds are strictly for abortions.  73%.  That’s a huge majority.  What makes this more upsetting is the fact that 46% of the funding Planned Parenthood receives is from the US Government.  (All of the above Planned Parenthood information is taken from Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report found on their website)

Planned Parenthood also lists services such as women’s general health including preventative health care.  Many people are latching onto this as a reason to continue Planned Parenthood.  Well, according to the new healthcare reform, every American must have insurance.  And every insurance provider is required to provide women with preventative healthcare without charge.  So why is Planned Parenthood necessary for this?  Is it really necessary to spend that money on services we now have required elsewhere? 

So with all these questions in mind and with all of the information above, do I believe that my rights as a woman are at risk because of the possible statement that Planned Parenthood is unnecessary?  Absolutely not.  If anything is at risk, it is the right to religious freedom which is being threatened by the HHS mandate.  The right to stand up and say, I do not believe that and will NOT support and pay for something that goes against my beliefs.  If someone’s rights are being threatened, perhaps it is the rights of the unborn children who are being lost to abortion.  These rights truly are at risk and truly are being threatened. 

Many people will fight for the “Right of Choice” when talking about abortion.  It seems to me that this is not the argument at all.  If these people would only listen to the Lord who tells us that He knows us in the womb, from the moment of conception, they will see that this is not a matter of choice at all. It is ending a life, plain and simple.  Women do have a choice.  They can choose to have sex.   They can choose to go for routine checkups or to avoid the doctor.  They can choose to take care of their bodies in whatever way they feel is appropriate.  But no woman, no person at all for that matter, has the right to make a choice that will end the life of another innocent person. 

The political ads are telling me that I should be frightened of the times ahead as a woman because of the threat to our choice.  They are asking me what choices I will be left with as a women.  While it is not what the ad intended, I would say that I do agree with one small point.  Rights of Americans are being jeopardized and that is a frightening thing.  Too many people don’t get a choice at all.  Instead of fighting for the right for a woman, or for anyone, to make a choice that ends the life of another person, I believe we need to be more interested in the choices of those who are unable to voice their own desire to live.  I believe that we need to protect one very important right for ALL Americans.  And that is the right to life for everyone. 

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8 thoughts on “Are Women’s Rights at Risk?

  1. SR August 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm Reply

    Could not have said it any better myself. The only right that is being violated here, is the right of the “innocent and helpless” to live. There should be no choice in that for anyone. Good and informative post and thanks for research on it. God Bless, SR

  2. Grande Falcone September 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm Reply

    Excellent post Roses! Very informative about PP . . . hadn’t seen it broken out like that. Would you mind if I reblogged it over to Falcone’s Crossroads? Also, I invite you to check out my post on the matter:

    • rosesnearrunningwaters September 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm Reply

      Thank you! I read your post as well and it very very informative! You are certainly welcome to reblog! Thanks so much!

  3. Grande Falcone September 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Falcone's Crossroads and commented:
    Great post from another blog I follow. She makes some great points; I hope you’ll check it out.

  4. csfireprvd32411 October 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm Reply

    I agree with you that women’s (true) rights are not at stake, and that abortion continues to be the termination of the life of a precious unborn human being.(I am not a fan of Planned Parenthood for many reasons.) However, can you understand that due to the near demise of families as many of us over 40 knew them to be, there are many young girls and women who don’t have the background of faith to make the decision to listen to the Father’s instruction on this? This fact alone makes me wonder how effective we, the faithful, have been in the endeavor to save the babies.

    For many years, I financially supported a predominant pro-life organization until I began to read their newsletters over the past few years.They were correct in pleading the case of the unborn; but nothing in their writings seemed to show real concern for the souls of the women who chose to abort their babies. (This number should include, due to widespread sexual abuse, preadolescent girls; I, myself, am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse; gratefully He Who controls all, ended the abuse before I could have been impregnated.) To be frank, I didn’t seek this perspective. I could have easily continued to look at these women as “them”, and as the mortal enemies who “carelessly” destroy the children and the potential that our Father implants within each of us. Unexpectedly for me, the Father pricked my heart to see what was not being discussed much by either side of this debate. The question “What kind of woman makes this decision?” kept coming up in my prayers for the unsaved and the unborn. My many years of working with families and children have introduced me to a new kind of woman (and girl) : girls who are too quickly sexualized because they live with insecure mothers who don’t know their own value; young women fighting addictions of all kinds because they were raised in environments so unstable, that to the outsider, it appears that the addictions were blessings in that they removed these women from their dysfunctional families; teen-aged mothers who were mothers because there was no guiding hand to detour them around that seeming inevitability; because they were mothers so young, they cannot do enough to replace their lack of experience as parents with the wisdom that comes from having lived long enough to actually impart something of value to their children; middle-aged grandmothers who retired from a life of exhibiting a strong work ethic, only to find that they must raise grandchildren with demands that exceed the grandmothers’ stamina.

    We who are pro-life must seriously consider that, if we truly care about the unborn, we must also care for the ones we expect to bring them into the world. I do not dare suggest that every woman who chooses abortion falls into the categories I have mentioned. There are women who truly don’t care about anyone but themselves. I am also aware that there are many agencies and groups are trying to reach the mothers with information and prenatal support. I just believe that we all need to gather the courage to reach those who are often in our minds, unreachable because of this choice. Although we cannot save the world; there is One much greater than us Who can. Let us not forget that the Father showed us mercy at our filthiest, ugliest place before salvation.(Abortion is one of many sins that can condemn any of us; and that nailed our Lord’s hands and feet to that rugged cross.) In this sin-sick and rapidly dying world, will our Saviour return to find us content with our lot that we are not doing what someone else is doing; or will He find us trying to reach out to those whose existence (with their awful choices) reminds us that someone somewhere looked to Him, and prayed for our wretched souls on His behalf?
    If the latter is our choice, we can be His vessels to divinely change the meaning of “pro-choice.”

    • rosesnearrunningwaters October 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm Reply

      Thank you very much for reading and for all of your very well thought out points! I agree with you 100%
      I consider myself to be pro-life because I am for life in all stages. Including unborn childre, and including the mothers and women who may be faced with such decisions. It is my hope and prayer that we will be able to share God’s love with women and with everyone. Jesus told us that the one without sin should be the first to throw stones…well I am certainly not without sin! While I try my best to please the Lord, I know the struggles I face and I would never want to judge another person for what I may consider wrong choices, just as I would not want my oeers judging me for my sins. The beauty of the cross is that despite the fact that we are all sinners, we can all be saved. No sin is too great that God cannot save us and bring us home to Him. I pray that we will all find and know that love and truth and will share it with others. Including young women and women who may feel tempted to have an abortion or who may have had one in their past. God forgives and loves us all. In Him alone do we truly have life. And I believe, in the end, that should truly be the meaning of “pro-life”. To be commited to praying for and encouraging respect for all life here on earth, and praying and sharing love and faith so that we might all have everlasting life with Jesus. Thank you again for your comment! God Bless!

      • csfireprvd32411 October 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm

        You are so precious!!! May He continue to cover and bless you in all of your endeavors. His peace and joy to you!

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