Whose Right To LIve @ Pinkheretic.comI have just now heard about the shooting at Planned Parenthood. Being Australian I had not realised they had happened in the past, but given the gun culture in the USA I am not sure why I hadn’t guessed it had happened before.

3 were killed and 9 injured during an attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood. While information has not yet been released on the motivations of the shooter killer it seems obvious that it is related to pro-life Activism.

A pro-life activist has shot up a Planned Parenthood Health Center to the point where 3 people are DEAD.

Someone who is an activist for LIFE is protesting by shooting people DEAD.

The Planned Parenthood shooting is nothing less than a case of domestic terrorism. This person is no better than ISIS. Extremist views are not the way to solve any problem.

What is wrong with this picture? No matter your beliefs on the right of a fetus to live over the rights of the mother to have control over her own body; how is shooting people in any way an appropriate form of protest for the cause no matter how strongly you feel about it?

A fetus apparently, has more right to live over the doctors, nurses, and admin staff in a women’s health center. Doctors, nurses and admin staff who do Pelvic exams, Pap tests, and screenings for breast cancer. The Doctors, nurses and admin staff who do treatments used to prevent cervical cancer — colposcopy, cryotherapy, and LEEP. The doctors nurses and admin staff who advise on birth control, UTIs, and common infections such as yeast infections and vaginitis.  Doctors, nurses and admin staff who test for STDS and are one of the largest providers of sexual health education. Doctors, nurses and pregnancy staff who do pregnancy testing. anemia testing, cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, physical exams, flu vaccines, help with quitting smoking, high blood pressure screening, tetanus vaccines and thyroid screening.

Yes Planned Parenthood do abortions, however abortions account for only 3% of their services. Yes abortions are a divisive topic, but that does not mean shooting people down in cold blood is an answer!

Those doctors, nurses and admin staff do a lot more than abortions. They provide a valuable service to the community. The provide services to those who could not otherwise afford them. Can you imagine having a breast lump, and not being able to afford to have it screened to find out if it is benign or cancer?

I have had a breast lump and the two weeks I had to wait for an ultrasound, mammogram and biopsy were the scariest 2 weeks I have ever had. My lump was extremely aggressive. In the time between doctor visit and surgery (a time period of only 4wks) was enough time to have it grow 6cm. That is more than 2 inches. They thought it was a fibroadenoma which is a benign growth. After surgery the pathology came back, and it wasn’t a fibroadenoma but a phylodes tumor. Phylodes tumors are very aggressive and can be cancerous. In my case I was extremely fortunate. Mine was not cancerous. There is every chance that if I had, had to wait any longer it may have been! I had to have a second surgery to have a wider margin to ensure it didn’t grow back. They treated it very seriously. Breast cancer screening is a service that Planned Parenthood provides. Just one VERY valuable service amongst many.

Why would anyone feel that killing people, any people let alone people who do so much good for women is a viable option to protest abortions? It does not strengthen your case. It weakens it, because this person clearly does not value life at all! This person values the lives of unborn fetus’s (in most cases a handful of cells) over people who contribute a great deal to society.

Abortions are NOT black and white. Many women are not in a position to be pregnant. Abstinence is not the answer because it doesn’t work despite best intentions. The rhythm method is only 75-87% reliable. No contraception method is 100% reliable but some are very close. Abortion is not a convenience. Abortion is a very difficult decision that no-one ever wants to make.

If you want to drop the rate of abortions, the best thing you can do is support services like Planned Parenthood who provide contraception. Studies have proven that free or cheap contraception is the answer to lowering the rate of abortions. If you want to lower abortions, you need to make contraception more cheaply and readily available. Yes, it will cost the tax dollars money, but is it not worth it?

UPDATE: I have just heard about the killer saying ‘no more baby parts’. This extends fault to the Daleiden who doctored the Planned Parenthood video to make it seem like Planned Parenthood sold baby parts. I hope they are happy that their actions directly resulted in someone shooting people. Why would anyone believe such an absurd claim? When does reason kick in with these people? NO, Planned Parenthood does NOT sell baby parts. They accept some payment for the costs involved in giving the fetal remains for scientific research. There is NO conspiracy theory. No one sells baby parts. This was a lie concocted to insight anger in pro-life people, and it seems it worked. Well done to the people who admit they doctored that video. You achieved your aim and also assisted in killing people in the process. So much for pro-life.

UPDATE 30 Nov 2015 –  I do not want domestic terrorism to win over women’s health so I donated to Planned Parenthood today. I urge you to do the same.

Planned Parenthood Donation