Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ask Wednesday: If you were to protest something, what would it be?

I would protest defunding Planned Parenthood

By Olivia Condley

Last week, the Senate blocked the bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. Even though I am reassured by this small victory in women’s rights, I still feel an unshakeable tension, knowing that this attempt at taking away women’s rights will not be the last.
    Planned Parenthood provides millions of men and women with sexual and reproductive health care and prevents thousands of pregnancies by providing birth control to those who can get it nowhere else. If Planned Parenthood were defunded, what would happen to the thousands of women who could not get their pap tests and breast exams each year? How many would discover months and years later that they have stage four cancer, when a simple pap test or breast exam could have found it early enough to stop it? How many more sexually transmitted infections would be spread because thousands of men and women do not have access to tests and treatments?
    It is appalling to me that people would try to defund Planned Parenthood because they are against abortion – which is only three percent of what Planned Parenthood does – or because they believe that the unproven videos that were meant to discredit Planned Parenthood are real. Not only would defunding Planned Parenthood have a negative effect on thousands of Americans, but it would cost them money as well. Planned Parenthood prevents approximately 516,000 pregnancies each year. Guttmacher Institute estimates that Medicaid funds an average of $20,716 per birth. In 2010, an estimated $15.5 billion in unintended pregnancy costs was saved by family planning funding. Defunding Planned Parenthood would not only devastate the people who depend on it, but it would cost everyone money. The idea that defunding Planned Parenthood would save money is, in the long run, completely incorrect.

If I were to protest something, I would protest defunding Planned Parenthood. I would protest taking away men and women’s healthcare. I would protest taking away the chance to catch diseases and cancer early, which would save money and save lives. I would protest taking away the tests and treatments that prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections. I would protest society’s being able to control women. I would protest the birth of children who would live in poverty and unhappiness. I would protest desperate women’s having nowhere else to go and being driven to attempt to perform abortions on themselves or go somewhere unsafe to get it done. I would protest furthering the inequality in the United States.

Copyright © 2015 by Olivia Condley
Olivia is a California high school student, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and animal lover who strives to make the people around her happy.


  1. Introducing California high school student Olivia Condley, a passionate writer of huge talent. Olivia is the granddaughter of Mary Alice Condley, my late sister whose many paintings have been featured on Moristotle & Co. Olivia's mother, Kerri Condley, recently ran for her party's nomination to run for the United States House of Representatives, representing California's 42nd Congressional District. Kerri didn't win the nomination that time, but she's determined....

  2. Olivia, you would probably enjoy making the acquaintance of a North Carolina teenager who has become a vocal rights activist: Madison Kimrey, who blogs at Functional Human Being (although I see that her most recent post is dated June 1...). Moristotle & Co. has featured her in several posts. She's on Facebook (where her profile picture currently shows her shaking hands with President Obama).

  3. I'd help you carry that sign Olivia.

  4. Olivia, no one (including me) has yet commented on your bio blurb in the copyright box's saying that you are an animal lover. I'd like to do so now. I don't know whether you have noticed that in the sidebar (the narrow column to the right) there is a section way, way down titled "Permanent Collection." (It's immediately below "Popular Posts Last 7 Days," where your column is currently # 1 – congratulations!)
        Note the item "Sentients Rights" among the permanent collection. Please read that item, and then, please, consider submitting a piece about loving animals – how that love developed, experiences you've had with animals, how you regard animals, animal-rights activism, etc. Surprise us, inform us, inspire us! THANK YOU!

    “Sentients Rights” begins: About 225 years ago, Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) formulated a "categorical imperative," one version of which was that we "act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never merely as a means to an end, but always at the same time as an end." [Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals]
        Yet another way of stating it is that we should respect the right of persons to be treated as ends in themselves (as existing for their own sake).