In the wake of the recent series of false allegations and heavily edited videos designed to attack Planned Parenthood, 30 organizations in Florida have signed a letter of support for PP.
The videos were selectively edited in a effort to smear PP and mask facts with shock value in order to inflame emotions against abortion. The group behind the videos has a history of attacking PP, and has connections to the harassment of women and their doctors, and to abortion clinic violence.
Sadly, this hasn't stopped media outlets, including a major Florida newspaper, from running with the false allegations as if they're facts. It also hasn't stopped renewed efforts to defund PP in Congress. Rand Paul is currently one leading the charge despite the fact that taxpayer money is not used to fund abortions.
Abortion services are actually a small percentage of what PP does. They provide health care for both women and men, and provide women's health services to those who can't afford it elsewhere. The ongoing GOP "war on women" has shut down PP clinics across the country, even those that don't provide abortions, and in one instance causing a subsequent increase in HIV for lack of care.
It's truly disgusting that politicians are so determined to hurt women and rob them of making their own health choices that they would stand with groups who use violence, intimidation, and false information as a means to that end.
Also appalling is the fact that our so-called "media" is complicit in that effort when reporting the facts are supposed to be their job. Regardless of how one feels about abortion, facts are facts, and women still have the constitutional right to make their own health choices. Describing PP falsely as an organization that sells "baby parts" to the highest bidder while ignoring and withholding the facts from their readers is unconscionable, reckless, and dangerous.
Below, from Progress Florida, is the letter from those Florida organizations that are standing with Planned Parenthood, and the truth.
In response to a video smear campaign by the deceptively named “Center for Medical Progress”, aimed at discrediting Planned Parenthood, 30 organizations issued the following statement acknowledging the immense contribution the organization has made towards expanding and protecting access to reproductive health care in Florida.
“Planned Parenthood has been an essential health care provider in Florida for over 50 years, and across the country for a century, providing life-saving cancer screenings, testing and treatment for HIV and STDs, well woman exams, contraception and abortion care.
“These fraudulent videos attempting to discredit the dedicated and passionate staff of this organization are part of a long-term, concerted campaign to undermine safe and legal abortion in our country. Politically motivated extremists are hurling these false accusations and attacks against Planned Parenthood in an attempt to discredit, harass, and stigmatize women and their doctors. This organization and their allies will stop at nothing to intrude into women's personal medical decisions. We'll stand with Planned Parenthood and against these extremists at every turn.”
ACLU of Florida
League of Women Voters of Florida
National Jewish Council of Women (Florida)
Miami Clinic Access Project
Florida Consumer Action Network
Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
Florida National Organization of Women (Florida NOW)
The Pro-Choice Coalition of Broward County
Democratic Women’s Club of Florida
Florida Latina Advocacy Network of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Emergency Medical Assistance, Inc. (EMA)
UniteWomen.org of Florida
College Democrats at University of Central Florida
VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at University of Florida
VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at Florida International University
VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at the University of Central Florida
VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at Florida Gulf Coast University
VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at Florida State University
VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at Florida Atlantic University
Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
Reproductive Justice Study/action Group of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach
First Unitarian Church of Orlando
National Women’s Political Caucus of Florida
Physicians for Reproductive Health