By: Amy T., Intern for PPMNS Action Fund
This week I was delighted to discover that women and men all over the nation continue to engage in a Facebook protest against Rick Perry, Governor of Texas. Perry’s Facebook page is flooded with comments and questions about reproductive health, as if he were a doctor- which he seems to think he is. Here is just a small sample of, what I find, hil-arious comments…
- ‘Gov. Perry, is it bad if my vaginal discharge is increasing? Also, do you suggest any other methods of not getting pregnant and having to quit college, get a terrible job, and live on welfare? Oh, you're not a vajayjay doctor? My bad.”
- ‘No, I want to show MY gratitude for your expert medical advice. I had no idea how wrong my doctor and I were! THANK YOU, Rick, for reminding me of the allure of the mysticism around that scary "down-there" area for us! I should have know I should just keep her under lock and key- you're right!’
- ‘Please, please help me. I know you're a wealth of knowledge regarding women's reproductive health issues. THANK YOU!’
Oh, the list goes on and on. For some especially graphic questions that are sure to stop “Dr. Perry” in his tracks visit his facebook page.
This outpouring is partially due to a bill that took affect this week which bans Planned Parenthood from participating in a subsection of Texas’ Medicaid, the Women’s Health Program. This puts low income women’s health at risk for lack of access to basic reproductive health care.
It is wonderful to see so many people taking action against policies which they disapprove of such as this. Lets continue to keep this energy going as we approach November and remember to vote. One step you can take right now is to ‘like’ the Women Vote 2012 on facebook. Here is what the page has to say…
“Women Vote 2012 is a non-partisan campaign to empower, encourage and mobilize women to vote in 2012. The elections this November will be the most important of our lives. The politicians elected in November will decide the very future of women’s health care in America, not to mention fiscal, environmental and educational policy for decades to come.”