March 6, 2009


Some people and organizations try to obscure the issues and  have collapsed pro-choice into abortion. Abortion is terminating a pregnancy. Pro-choice is advocating women’s rights. These are two very different concepts.

I do not foster abortion. but I do support the rights of all women having all the information available concerning reproductive health issues regardless of anyone else’s personal beliefs. It is the right of every woman to choose what happens to her mind and body. Intentionally limiting women’s knowledge is abusive and intolerable. No one person or organization has the right to artificially limit another’s knowledge, or to inhibit another’s access to appropriate health care. 

Today when I received the following letter, I immediately followed the links below to add my name to the list of supporters to have this inhumane rule overturned. Please, support President Obama in overturning Bush’s rule that restricts women’s health and well being.

Dear Friends,
Today, President Obama began the process of overturning the Bush administration rule that limits the rights of patients to receive complete and accurate reproductive health information and services. This is huge — as you might know, we’ve been fighting the rule for months, and I’m just about ready to breathe one heck of a sigh of relief.

But it’s not over yet. We still need your help!
In order to overturn the Bush administration rule, President Obama has to allow the public to comment on what he plans to do. That is where YOU come in. It is important that we show the administration that we support the president’s proposal.

Will you take a moment right now and add your name to the list of people who support reversing Bush’s dangerous rule? Thank you, once again.

You might already know the background of this situation, but here it is in case you don’t. Just before leaving office, the Bush administration put in place a rule that limits the rights of patients to receive complete and accurate reproductive health information and services. The rule allows health care personnel and institutions everywhere to simply withhold information about health care services, including things like birth control and HIV testing and treatment. It also allows health care workers to deny any basic health care service based on their personal biases.

When more and more families are uninsured and have difficulty accessing health care, and when at least one in four teenage girls has a sexually transmitted infection, implementing a rule that limits access to health care is utterly perplexing. Worst of all, it will fall hardest on those who have the least ability to find alternative providers who WILL provide them with full information and services — low-income women and folks in rural areas. Thankfully, we now have the chance to stop it. Please take a moment right now to do your part one more time.

You know, in the few weeks since President Obama took office, it’s become absolutely clear that this new administration is listening to and collaborating with people from all perspectives. I think that’s a good thing. But, quite honestly, it means that we can’t take anything for granted. We must continue to do our part to advocate for the people we serve. We have a president now, finally, who will listen. It’s up to us to speak up. Today’s action is a good opportunity for you to speak up.

Thank you, thank you, for your help today and during the next few weeks as we work to make sure that this rule is overturned for good.

Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America


Thanks, for being a thought leader and advocate for equality for women. jb


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