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George W. Bush Launches Attack on Women’s Health Care

Well, I donate every year to Planned Parenthood.  I’ll be honest, when I was in school that’s where I went for my birthcontrol.  I’m sure if I’d laid it out to my mom, she would have taken me, but that was one conversation I was NOT going to have!  I still remember those uncomfortable period discussions we had.  And can I just say even though she’d “talked” to me, I had no idea what “it” was when “it” came!  I thought I’d eaten too much chocolate rather than gotten a period for the first time!  No joke.  I just kept tossing the drawers away, until I was out and had to just come clean.  Ha ha ha.  Those were funny times!


Anywhoo…back to the subject at hand… I get a fair share of emails from Planned Parenthood, and I wanted to share the most recent one.  Take the time to click the link below.  Let George W. Bush we’re tired of his failed policies and we’d like him to leave our health care options up to us and our doctors!  Let him know, we’re not going away quietly, even though we wish he would!



Dear Alyssa,


You just can’t trust them.


This summer, the Bush administration tried to keep secret a proposed federal regulation that would allow health care providers to redefine abortion to include birth control. With your help, we forced Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt to make the plans public.


Then the administration submitted the proposed rule for public comments. More than 200,000 people — including more than 90,000 Planned Parenthood supporters like you, and more than 150 members of Congress — immediately called on the Bush administration to withdraw this damaging proposal that could keep millions of people from receiving basic health information and necessary medical care.


The Bush administration promised not to release any new regulations after November 1.


Well, it’s now November 14, and guess what? President Bush is poised to implement this disastrous new policy as soon as next week. Tell the Bush administration: Keep your word. Stop the attack on women’s health.  Speak up now!!


Less than two weeks ago, the American people voted to move past the Bush administration’s policies that have done so much harm to women, men, and families in need of comprehensive reproductive health care. In elections at local, state and federal levels — including the election of a pro-choice president, Barack Obama, and the defeat of three dangerous anti-choice ballot initiatives in California, Colorado, and South Dakota — the American people spoke out loudly for new policies that put the needs and rights of patients first. It’s outrageous that President Bush is using his last days in office to implement a rule that would limit the rights of patients to receive complete and accurate reproductive health information.


This new rule could allow almost 600,000 health care entities that receive federal funding to redefine abortion to include the most common forms of birth controland then refuse to provide these basic services. For any health provider to intentionally withhold information about widely embraced treatment options from a patient — for any health condition — is absolutely unconscionable under any circumstances. The federal government has no business funding providers who do not abide by this most fundamental standard of care.


A woman’s ability to manage her own health care is at risk of being compromised by politics and ideology if this regulation goes into effect. We need you to speak out now, before the administration implements this rule. The exam room is no place to play political games. Click here to speak out now.


With the economy in such bad shape, more and more people are being locked out from receiving complete medical care. This is the worst possible time to undermine patients’ ability to access the comprehensive health care they so desperately need. This proposed rule will force women and families who already have limited health care access to pay a dreadful price for the administration’s anti-choice ideology. Please, tell President Bush: Keep your word. Stop the attack on women’s health.


Thank you so much for your help today on behalf of the millions of people Planned Parenthood health centers serve.






Cecile Richards, President

Planned Parenthood Federation of America


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