Daily WTF: Kentucky Lawmakers Punishing Kentucky Planned Parenthood for Something They Don’t Even Do

Let’s be blunt here: I think my Kentucky lawmakers are essentially a group of cowardly, judgmental right-wingers who want to do whatever they can to make sure anyone who’s different than them – so teenagers, transgender people, homosexuals, women, etc. – can’t get equal treatment under the law. In the past year, I’ve seen them try to pass laws restricting transgender people’s access to bathrooms, preventing gay couples from getting married, preventing teenagers from having a say in the election of their school board officials, and docking universities subsidiaries because too many kids want to go into the liberal arts. And now the august Kentucky Congress is going to strip funds from Planned Parenthood solely because of some fraudulent videos about a service and practice that Kentucky Planned Parenthoods don’t even provide.

Yep, you heard that right: a Senate committee recently approved a bill that would strip Kentucky Planned Parenthoods of their funding because of their “notorious history as an abortion provider.” However, Kentucky PPs don’t provide abortions – they provide referrals as well as the ability “to make medical decisions with knowledge of all options, and based on what’s right for themselves and their families.” So Kentucky PPs are being penalized for providing patients with medical information because God knows the best way to prevent poor decision-making is by stripping people of information.

Oh, and while they’re at it, they’ve going to pass a bill that prevents the sale of tissue from aborted fetuses – another practice that Kentucky doesn’t engage in. Why not?

This is a waste of time. For one thing, abortion is 100% legal in the United States, so it is ridiculous (and I can’t believe not illegal) to try to penalize an organization that performs a legal, sometimes medically necessary, completely voluntary, and safe procedure. For another, it doesn’t make sense to take funding from an organization for something it doesn’t even do. That’s like if we fired every single police officer in Oklahoma because of what that shitbag Daniel Holtzclaw did to all those women (Which was rape. He raped dozens of women. Never forget.). Third, it is dangerous to penalize an organization for spreading facts and information. We cannot keep our citizens in the dark about their medical options, and no lawmaker should want to do so. Taking information from us is absolutely a form of state-sanctioned oppression, and it is bullshit.

So let’s kill this bill. Let’s tell these politicians that we don’t appreciate them taking information away from us, defunding free healthcare in a state that’s about to lose Kynect, penalizing an organization for something it doesn’t do, or basing their legislative decisions on factually inaccurate and deliberately libelous videos. Click here to learn more about the bill, click here to find your Kentucky politician, and look below for sample text you can send in your email to them.

Senator/Representative __________,

I am writing today to ask that you vote against Senate Bill 7, “An ACT relating to the use of public resources.” This bill is a witch-hunt. Planned Parenthoods in Kentucky do not provide abortions and should not be penalized for providing their patients with medical information. It is not lawmakers’ duty to deny their citizens needed, impartial medical information or police what legal, sometimes medically necessary medical procedures they choose. Furthermore, it is irresponsible to base legislature on the Planned Parenthood videos released this year given that they were found to be falsified and numerous committees around the country have cleared Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing. Passing this bill is a waste of time and taxpayers’ money and would amount to state-sanctioned censorship of medical information.

Kill this bill.

Regards,

____________________

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