I have stayed out of this debate. And for a very good reason. I haven't support Girl Scouts of America for a long time. It has nothing to do with Planed Parenthood or anything so recent.
When my oldest was in kindergarten she as a Daisy. It was something fun for her to do. Something that her two little sisters couldn't participate in. Big girl time for her. It went great until she graduated to Brownies.
They were short on leaders. I stepped up and volunteered my time for the benefit of the kids. I loved teaching and having fun with the girls. The problem I had was with the leader training. We couldn't say a prayer. It wasn't allowed. Sunday school songs were against the rules too. Some of the leaders didn't follow these rules but they were there. "oh you can't say a prayer but you can say a blessing" Umm.. Isn't that the same thing? For every concern I had, there was a similar response. I went back to the rule book and looked up the official policy. I was right. Just because some leaders don't follow the policy doesn't mean it isn't there.
Long story short. I had enough and said no more. We don't even buy the cookies anymore. They are expensive. I can get much more bang for my buck at the grocery story.
My objections to Planned Parent hood are something else all together. They offer some needed services. To that, I have no objection. When my niece got pregnant at 15, she went there for counseling. I have heard horror stories about PP just like everyone else. Thankfully she had a good experience. The lady she talked to was great and she didn't feel so lost when she left the clinic that day.
I am all for a place for low cost heath care, access to birth control and STD screening. I am all for women's rights. However, I have another question. What about the rights of the father? When it comes to abortion, it is the law that matters. I know that. Women have to right to get an abortion for any reason at all. But what about the fathers rights? That baby is his too. His rights are completely ignored.
Protect the fathers rights and pay more attention to the health of the young woman getting the procedure. When that happens, I will be more supportive of what Planed Parenthood does. More counseling before and after the procedure. Require the consent of the father, except in cases of rape or incest. Take more precautions during the procedure to ensure her continued health. I would also like to know if their literature is checked for factual information by an independent panel of doctors? Is the information in the pamphlets accurate and ethical? Does it conform to the current legal standard?
I don't think that is too much to ask.
I am a christian lady. I do not take birth control pills and would never have an abortion for any reason. When I was 20, my first husband and his father wanted me to get rid of my fist born daughter. I refused. She has grown up to be a beautiful young lady. I don't regret standing up to them. They were so angry when I refused. That is ok. They never had to be a part of her life. I didn't force her on them and have never asked either one of them for anything. Not ever.
Any flaming comments will be deleted. Any people that feel the need to be hateful will be blocked from my blog. This is my stand. And yes, my personal opinion.