My Special Valentine: Planned Parenthood!

Holy Shit! Planned Parenthood has been taking it from all sides lately. While this outstanding organization has long been the target of religious zealots and anti-choice lunatics, they’ve recently been subjected to a new wave of attacks aimed to undermine their credibility and ultimately bring them down.

The anti-choice group Live Aid has recently orchestrated a campaign, which involves the creation of deceptive videos of pseudo patients in select Planned Parenthood locales. The videos feature a “pimp” and a “prostitute” seeking health care services for minor sex workers and are distorted to make it appear as if Planned Parenthood fails to report situations involving the possible abuse of a child. This is a smear job through and through. (Think James O’Keefe and ACORN.) In another affront, bonehead Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind) has introduced a bill denying federal family-planning funds to any organization that performs abortions. This would result in a loss of roughly 70 million dollars in annual funding for Planned Parenthood.

This, my friends, is nothing more than institutional misogyny.

Every day, Planned Parenthood offers a wide range of reproductive health care services to women across the United States: pelvic exams, Pap smears, birth control, screening for diabetes, cholesterol, cancer and thyroid, flu vaccinations, treatment for UTI’s, emergency contraception, birth control and abortions. Planned Parenthood also offers services for men as well such as screening for testicular and prostate cancers, vastectomies and treatment for male infertility issues. In many instances, Planned Parenthood is the only affordable health care option for low-income and minority people. This fine organization is an important and vital part of our national community. And right now, they need our help. It’s time to shove back, friends.

Today is Valentine’s Day and I am making Planned Parenthood my special Valentine!

For today only, “True Love” from my CD “As the Fates Decide” will be available for download on a pay-what-you-can basis. All proceeds will go straight to Planned Parenthood.

“True Love” is a beautiful Cole Porter composition and is an ideal tune for this special offer. Download it for your sweetie and show some love for Planned Parenthood this Valentine’s Day!