BLOG: The Attacks on Planned Parenthood

 

KATIE PICKRELL
Disclaimer: Before reading, know this piece speaks about the attacks on Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs this past week. It does directly attribute the violence to a negative stigma endorsed by the GOP. If you’d like to contact me on the matter, please do so at katiepickrell1998@gmail.com.

This holiday season officially began on Nov. 26 with Thanksgiving and only a single day later ended too soon for Jennifer Markovsky (a 36-year-old mother of two), Ke’Arre Marcell Stewart (a 29-year-old, father of two, army veteran) and Garrett Swasey (a Colorado Springs police officer).

The three individuals died at the hand of Robert Dear in an attack that lasted hours and injured nine others. Four victims are still hospitalized.

To assume this attack wasn’t carried out on Planned Parenthood is completely arrogant.

No more baby parts,” Dear said in questioning.

The offensive parts of Twitter agreed with him, defending him for “saving lives” of unborn children.

The man was sick to do this, and the individuals who back him after seeing the direct fallout of his actions are arguably worse. It’s worthy to note that anyone who came out to defend the shooter as a savior of unborn children immediately lost their title of pro-life.

Republican candidates, such as Carly Fiorina, dismissed the idea that the attack was on PP as a “typical left-wing tactic.”

Aside from the arrogant response that the shooting has been politicized solely as a basis to promote women’s rights (which, quite frankly, who cares if it is), candidates such as Fiorina were relatively quiet. There were no half-assed remarks to subtly imply “well, this wouldn’t have happened if the victims had their own guns.”

On the other end of the spectrum, many came out again to state that gun violence is inexcusable– especially in a doctor’s office. Many also claimed violence against Planned Parenthood is something that the social front of our country has underhandedly approved of.

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders released a statement claiming that PP has been “subject to vicious and unsubstantiated statements attacking an organization that provides critical health care for millions of Americans.”

The attacks proved to be an act of violence against women’s reproductive rights in my eyes as well.

PP is continuously a matter of debate in politics for one thing or another and there is a lot of misconception regarding the organization. Republicans argue PP is terrible for providing women with abortion– a service many see to be a part of complete and total access to healthcare for women. Democrats argue that the organization works to provide women with affordable and necessary healthcare.

The truth is, the organization is responsible for granting women healthcare (including abortion services, although no federal funding may be attributed to such a procedure). Still, PP gets a bad rep thanks to all of the hatred that is radiating from the majority of the GOP.

Even when people die in the most innocent fashions, certain individuals cannot seem to grasp that the attack may be spurred from a foul image of the organization that has been painted for so long by many conservatives.

In light of this shooting, PP deserves support it is not receiving from all parties– regardless of partisan (and incorrect) viewpoints.

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