It’s been a couple months now since I last posted…my apologies for the unexpected hiatus. But thanks to a friendly reminder from Juan Duenas, I’m back! I’ve kept busy with my research – I have a couple dozen articles ready to publish, and will start sharing them with you starting tonight. I know I have some catching up to do; I promise to finish some of the things I started last year, it may just take some time. This year, we’ll continue learning about women in history and discussing current events in the political world, especially as the presidential debate draws closer, but we’ll also embark on adventures with museums exhibits, historical inaccuracies in movies, women in politics and positions of power globally, and some European history. I’m excited to share what I’m learning with you, stick around for an intellectually expansive 2016!
Last week, the Republican-heavy House of Representatives voted to stop government funding of Planned Parenthood. As you can probably tell by reading any of my other blog posts, women’s rights, especially those over the decisions that affect our bodies, are very important to me. This being said, let’s talk about Planned Parenthood, and what Congress’ decision means.
Planned Parenthood was founded in 1916 with the goal to provide women’s health care, along with reproductive and sex education, worldwide, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. With over 700 clinics in the United States and hundreds of others operating globally, Planned Parenthood serves nearly 2.7 million men and women annually, its top services being pre-cancer screenings, sex education programs, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. Despite what the media portrays, only 3% of administered services are abortion related.
Since the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act of 1970, about a third of the organization’s funding has come from the U.S. government. Legally, however, not a single penny has been used for abortion services; the funds from the U.S. government are solely used for education, screening, and treatment processes. Court case proceedings challenging the services and funding of Planned Parenthood have been occurring since 1976, the most notable, in my opinion, being the 1992 Planned Parenthood vs Casey case, which set the standard of abortion proceedings that included the removal of spousal consent requirement, which previously necessitated the consent of the husband for a woman to receive an abortion. While this may sound like it encourages a secretive relationship, consider the lives of women in abusive marriages, and how they may not want, but are forced into, pregnancy. There has been legislation in over six states considering reducing state funding of the organization, but many of these efforts have been overturned and declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
So what does Friday’s decision, the total cutting of federal government funding to Planned Parenthood, mean? It means that the House of Representatives is so fixated on the political argument of pro-life versus pro-choice that it is willing to overlook the health care and family planning benefits of the organization. Instead of looking at the 97% of services that save people’s lives daily, they are stuck on the 3% of services that are administered only by an individual’s choice. With the huge cut to funding, the availability of health care services may become limited and less affordable to low-income men and women, in turn raising the potential for life endangering conditions in these individuals.
Hold whatever opinion you prefer in the pro-life/pro-choice argument, but understand this – your living conditions are unique to you. If you are simply reading this post, know that you are in the richest 5% of the world’s population. While you may be able to afford sufficient, high-level health care, approximately half of the world’s population doesn’t have that luxury. Planned Parenthood isn’t some fetus killing machine, it is predominantly a health care provider. By the U.S. government cutting funding for the organization, it is essentially cutting health care services for people worldwide. I personally hope President Obama vetoes Congress’ decision, or that the Supreme Court challenges it. In my opinion, it is not fair to take away the availability of health care from those that need it most.
Today marked the beginning of my last year in high school, which I’m thrilled about! I can’t wait for all the good times and memories this year will bring. But that, of course, isn’t what school is
I’m enrolled in several AP courses this year, including European History and United States Government right now and Macro-Economics in the spring, all of which will benefit the content of this blog. Hopefully amidst the melee of my senior year, I’ll be able to delve deeper into some of the more interesting and convoluted tidbits of history we’re covering in class (and some we may skip over) to write some quality posts.
In this way, we’ll be able to learn together. If at any point you have a suggestion or request for me to research and write about, please let me know! I’d love to discover with you.
Before I continue, I’d like to say thanks to you, my dear readers. I’m so appreciative that you take the time to read what I’m writing – it’s surreal. And thank you to those who have shared and continue to share my posts, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!
Good luck to all my fellow students out there! We’ll make it through this year like champs.
Welcome to my blog! My name is Allie Schauer, and I’m a history loving teen growing up in suburban Texas. I’m currently a senior in high school, and I’m hoping to study history in college in order to then pursue a degree in law. I love talking about politics and history, my dogs, and music, so we’ll see if and how those topics coexist. This is my first time blogging, bear with me and
hopefully we’ll figure this out together!
You may be wondering about the title of this blog. Audiēmur is Latin for “we will be heard,” a phrase which to me represents both a goal and a promise. Change doesn’t happen by chance. You have to work for what you want changed, you have to be heard. And that doesn’t mean just shouting at the next person who will listen. Being heard can mean advocacy, volunteering, protest, petitions, boycotts, letters, podcasts, blogs – being heard is about effectively standing up for what you believe in.
This blog will follow my adventures in learning about and understanding history and politics, realms where using your voice is a necessity. I’ll focus on American aspects of both, but don’t be surprised when we talk global. I would love for you to comment with your opinions on different topics as often as you see fit; that’s how this whole political thing functions.
In short, thank you for checking out my blog, and remember to be heard!