Apparently, Students have Sex.

Via on Mar 13, 2011

“I Have Sex” — students speak out against ideological attack on Planned Parenthood.

With thanks for the tip to What:

Students at Wesleyan have sex, tell you about it in a video protest against the House vote to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding.”

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A message from students at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. They write:

In order to “balance the budget” the House of Representatives recently announced the intention to strip all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. This is unacceptable. It’s time to face reality: many young people have sex, and need to know how to stay safe and healthy. Even those who have chosen to wait still need to know how to be safe and healthy when begin their sexual activity. This extreme ideological measure threatens our youth’s ability to choose their own future.

In many parts of America, Planned Parenthood is the only place young people can go to learn about safe sex, access contraceptives, or have a simple question about “down there” answered.

With all the rhetoric centering on “government waste,” Congress’s refusal to close multi-billion dollar corporate tax loopholes and instead eliminate essential, multi-million dollar sexual health programs is beyond hypocritical.

We are starting a student movement to make sure elected leaders know: Americans have sex, and we stand with Planned Parenthood.

Top two comments on youtube right now:

  • Guess what, we don’t get to just say that we don’t want to pay for something. I am personally disgusted by the brutal murdering of FULLY-FORMED Afghan civilians by our military, but yet I don’t get to say that my taxes shouldn’t go to that. Don’t use planned parenthood and don’t get abortions if you don’t want to, but you have no right to say that others can’t.

  • Why aren’t all you hardworking Americans out there who are upset that you’re hard earned dollars go to PP, more irate about the fact that you are bearing the tax burden of large corporation who find loopholes to pay NO TAXES? That is the other side of this, the GOP is using the guise of fiscal responsibility to push an agenda. If they really cared about fiscal responsibility Bank of America wouldn’t have PAID 0 DOLLARS in taxes last year. Get mad about that.

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7 Responses to “Apparently, Students have Sex.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

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    Sheila: Do you think they would still cut funding if people stopped having so many unnecessary abortions and took advantage of the birth control that was offered instead? They would save money. There are over 3700 abortions in the USA per day and over 115,000 per day worldwide.

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    elephantjournal.com I think "they" don't actually care about the babies, or the people concerned—if they did they'd fund sexual education, which is 99% of what PP does and exactly what prevents, as you call it, "unnecessary abortions." ~ W.

  2. I love this video for a couple of reasons. The Wes students made a great case for why we should care about federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Personally, I think it would be ridiculous for the government to pull funding for it, especially as PP provides a lot of preventive care that helps the government save money in the long run (through reduced Medicaid costs, for example). In less than one week's time Planned Parenthood provides people in the US with over 63,000 STD tests, over 14,000 pap smears, over 13,000 breast exams and more (see http://istandwithplannedparenthood.blogspot.com/ , you can also sign a petition there).

    The other reason I love the video is because Wesleyan is my alma mater. The video made me a little nostalgic. It seems that the vibe at Wesleyan now is similar to how it was 20 years ago.

  3. TamingAuthor says:

    Problem with the logic.

    There were no students in the video who said, "I sexually abuse minors and Planned Parenthood helps me cover it up and avoid prosecution." That would have spoken more directly to the upset with PP. Or students might have considered holding up signs that say, "I do not care if my young daughters are abused and PP helps protect those who abuse them." That puts a different emotional spin on the subject.

    If the issue is the health care provided by Planned Parenthood, why not bifurcate the services? Have one organization that provides health care and another organization that provides abortions. That way the two separate functions could be clearly delineated, and funds for one service would not be fungible with funds for another service. And personnel for one service would not be the same as for the other. No connection. Problem solved.

    There are those who consider abortion murder. Others consider abortion a tool for black genocide. The founder of PP was a supporter of eugenics, and not a very nice person by today's standards. I doubt students would endorse her positions. Thus, there are valid reasons people do not want their money used in ways that support PP. Conscience should be protected. If a new organization that delivers only health services is started, funding might not be an issue.

    Given the seriousness of the abortion issue and the gravity of child abuse being shielded by PP this video comes off as silly and childish. Rather than speaking with a voice of wisdom and maturity, it appears to be an immature and narcissistic plea. If anything, it reinforces the view that PP's taxpayer funding should be eliminated. Pretty sad exercise.

  4. Emily says:

    I think it's very important to say that this funding does NOT go towards abortions. That is a service that you have to pay out of pocket for.

    • TamingAuthor says:

      The problem is having one organization handling both… it does raise issues of funds supporting the overall effort. Not sure why anyone would have a problem with separating the services, creating two different organizations. Why not?

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