Well, I’ve done it. I wrote Cecile Richards back. Here it is:
Dear Ms. Richards,
Respectfully, it is NOT about trusting women. It IS about providing affordable healthcare services to people who need them. Period. Bottom line. Making this issue about “trust” or the lack thereof, is tantamount to accepting the conservative ideology that women’s health care is a moral issue. Health care is not a moral issue. Health care is science. It should not judge right from wrong, it shouldn’t “trust,” in fact, it shouldn’t ever be anthropomorphized with any kind of human emotion. It should present facts, it should suggest solutions to problems, it should be INCAPABLE OF JUDGING whether a person is trustworthy or not. In fact, Ms. Richards, it’s no more any of your beeswax what I decide to do with my body than it is Newt Gingrich’s.
Frankly, Ms. Richards, I don’t need your trust, and neither do other women. We need mammograms, and birth control, and cancer screenings, and blood tests that we CAN AFFORD. We need to have the choice to utilize or decline those services. We do not need some biggity wig pandering to us about “trust.” Especially not from an organization that requires an identification card before providing service.
We at the RCS understand that even the best organizations make poor decisions, and we really do support what you do vis. affordable health care. We appreciate it. Can you just tone done the b.s. a TINY bit, though? Please remember, NOT EVERYONE IS STUPID.
RCS Press Representative
Stay tuned for another form letter. Somehow, I don’t think I’m ever going to get through. What’s your opinion about Planned Parenthood’s “Trust” Initiative? Leave us a comment, and let us know.