a strong political component to the House Select Committee on Benghazi would necessarily make me leery of the promotion of another Select Committee on Planned Parenthood--is "select" a euphemism for GOP enemies' list, perhaps? But the thing of it is, since the Tea Party "wave" election year of 2010, abortion access has been directly in the sights of many conservative legislators. Planned Parenthood, as the biggest provider of those services, has been particularly targeted. This is not the first time that a GOP-led House has decided that hoax videos should result in defunding Planned Parenthood. I've known for a while that right-wingers basically are opposed to the idea of any family planning services for low-income people at all, regardless of whether they are abortion-related, because you never hear "Hyde Amendment" brought up at all.
The current fight is in part fueled by a particular donor/agitator, Stephen Baer. He's sort of pushed the rumor that might have shut down the McCarthy speakership by alluding to a Kevin McCarthy/Renee Ellmers affair. (I'm calling bullshit on the affair bit because it isn't verified and every time I try to think of it, my mind goes to a super-cut of scenes with Majors Houlihan and Burns from the popular 1970's sitcom M*A*S*H*.) But let's be honest, an odd-numbered year is when there aren't elections, and the signifying whackadoodles can feel like doing shit like threatening to not raise the debt ceiling (if they know what that is) or shut down the government. They're bloody nihilists, that way. It stimulates the gawkers. It's fireworks. It costs taxpayer money, but we've already established that they don't care. They take that expense, turn around, and fundraise off it. It's ballocks but they're working it.
In different example of "giving the game away", a conservative anti-abortion activist admitted that the problem is really all about sex. Consequence-fee sex for pleasure. A "culture" of consequence-free sex for pleasure shouldn't be encouraged. If we didn't like it at least a little, I'm afraid the human race would have died off by now, and for what it's worth, humanity is in no danger of doing so even with all the birth control and abortion access we currently have.
Planned Parenthood, of all organizations, knows too well that the price of this anti-sex culture is violence, because they know that abortion doctors, nurses, and clinics have paid the price for performing necessary and lawful services. I asked recently, and not without some archness, whether the makers of the current batch of hoax videos weren't asking for more violence against clinics, their employees, and possibly their patients. I was thinking of course of the murder of Dr. George Tiller, who I memorialized by trying to explain his dedication to what pea-brains called "baby-killing" by centering the focus on his patients, the pregnant people who came to him for care. If violence or at least vandalism was part of the cynical goal--it's being answered.
The women who choose abortion services are often ignored in all of this rigamarole. Where abortion services are restricted or delayed, women have later and more-involved procedures. They may try to self-harm in the attempt to abort, and there are signs that a market is developing to assist them--this is in no way a good, safe, or responsible alternative to the legal health care they could get before, but women who are desperate will try desperate things. Making abortion illegal or inaccessible, without regard to what women of various situations deal with every day--which is their own business and not someone else's place to judge--only drives them to less-safe options and possible tragedy.
Some states that have passed local concern-troll laws about Planned Parenthood are discovering that without that medical care, they have an exploding incidence of STD infections. A national defunding of Planned Parenthood would be a damn tragedy.
But to get back to why they fight, to some stupid folks this whole Planned Parenthood thing is just centered on women's health (and we're obviously witches and up to no good, so why are people even intervening for our health and choices, right?), so what about the men?
Well, turns out, in this old world, it takes two to tango, and Planned Parenthood is also all up in the men's health business, also. Not to complicate things, but men are also parents, and these guys are Planned Parenthood after all.
Reproductive health is not some weird satanic thing, as fractured crockery Jim Bakker appears to be suggesting. It's about accepting that human beings, as sexual beings, use their bodies and have their bodies used, and that their health is important first and foremost, and their choice in how they take care of themselves is also to be respected, without the judgement or input of people who may not even give two shits about who they are or how they are doing as sentient beings on this planet. But who for some reason just love them damn pictures of little bitty fetal baby folks. Which were largely manipulative stagecraft, just like the videos put out just now.
All anti-choicers ever do is lie. They are politicizing human bodies and relationships. My body is not your battlefield Christian crusaders. It is mine--and your body is yours, and I don't give a damn what you do in your alone time. Just respect that people have their own lives, and mind your own business.