Thoughts on the Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

I normally don’t cover such controversial topics on this blog, but I want this to serve as a demonstration on how NOT to fight for a cause.

While doing some reading on Carly Fiorina’s comments regarding one of the undercover Planned Parenthood videos, I stumbled on an article titled ‘Carly Fiorina Calls Out ‘Mainstream Media’ for Defending Planned Parenthood‘ on  The site describes itself as “a project of the Media Research Center (MRC), America’s leading media watchdog in documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.” Even without knowing anything about MRC, the fact that the site specifically targets ‘liberal media bias’ tells me immediately that this is heavily right leaning and inherently biased site. An organization that truly wanted to combat bias would be open to neutralizing ALL media bias. But I digress, that isn’t what this post is about.

The article itself contained nothing surprising, so I began reading the comments which quickly solidified the fact that I was on an extreme right wing website. Rather than leaving a general comment that would most likely be lost in the noise, I decided to respond to an already popular comment left by one of the moderators of the site. In her comment she leads the charge in fighting abortion advocates by stating the following (emphasis added):

But the media, per usual, is trying to do the “Look a shiny object!” bait-and-switch. Thereby taking everybody’s attention off of the REAL crime here. Legalized murder of the most defenseless humans on the planet.

Keep fighting. Bookmark excellent cites, keep them handy, and destroy these abortion advocates with facts. We can and will win if we all work together to eliminate the funding for Planned Parenthood. That would be an excellent first step.

Rather than attempting to debate abortion itself, which I knew would be an impossible battle, I chose to question the motivations behind defunding Planned Parenthood because I truly believe that many of the pro-life advocates haven’t actually considered the consequences. They simply want to remove funding from an organization they see as evil. This discussion goes on for a LONG time, so here are some of the more interesting bits. I start with this…

…De-funding Planned Parenthood would likely lead to a higher rate of unwanted pregnancies which in turn would lead to even more abortions. With no safe place to get an abortion, this would lead to even more late term and/or illegal abortions, plus you have the the loss of all of the other services they provide which account for a large majority of their business and all of their federal funding.

So, will someone please tell me what you expect to accomplish by defunding this organization? I’m ready to be destroyed by your facts.

This was the first response that I received…
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Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo

This looks like a great book.

Bodies of Subversion was the first history of women’s tattoo art when it was released in 1997, providing a fascinating excursion to a subculture that dates back to the nineteenth-century and including many never-before-seen photos of tattooed women from the last century. Newly revised and expanded, it remains the only book to chronicle the history of both tattooed women and women tattooists.



When tattoo lovers get a buzz in their ear

New York There’s a joke among tattoo artists that whenever Rihanna gets a new tattoo, droves of twenty-something women will soon come asking for the same.

A few years ago, the singer adorned the upper portion of her left ear with the outline of a star. Not many came asking then, but, in what seems to have been a self-fulfilling prophecy, more are now.

My wife has had an ear tattoo for years and she probably gets more comments on it than any of her other work. It seems that even heavily tattooed people are surprised to see an ear tattoo, but I guess that is changing.