They Are Coming for Your Birth Control: No One Is Thankful For Birth Control Discounts


Note: Think that anti-choice politicians and activists aren’t trying to outlaw contraception?  Think again.  Follow along in an ongoing series that proves beyond a doubt that they really are coming for your birth control.

Black Friday “door buster sales” often have people lining up and camping out in front of local department stores, with cash-strapped families ready to cash in on potential deep discounts.

In anti-choice land, that means women are crowding clinics looking for cheap abortions.

The newest outrage? Activist Jill Stanek believes she caught Florida Planned Parenthood offering discount abortions as a part of “Black Friday” celebrations. It makes a great headline — get it? Black? Like the hearts of those who support a woman’s right to reproductive healthcare? Because the email offer broadcasted $10 off a clinic visit, she took that to assume it was a financial abortion incentive.

There are a few problems with this conclusion, the biggest of which is that Florida has a 24-hour waiting period, which would make a coupon sent out near a Thanksgiving holiday worthless.

One thing that is easier to do around a holiday? Go see a doctor. Many working women with a day off on Friday following Thanksgiving might want to use that time for a check up, and would not have to arrange for time off. And with lots of family in town for support, they might be easily able to find someone to watch their children while they go to a clinic. As anyone with young children know, trying to attend a doctors appointment with toddlers or babies in tow is nearly impossible on your own.

You currently must have a clinic visit with a doctor once a year in order to obtain birth control. Perhaps that’s something anti-choice advocates didn’t realize, or maybe they simply don’t care.

Stanek told the Christian Post, “When you step back and look at the ad objectively, there is no legitimate clinic that offers ads like this for women’s healthcare…I mean we’re not talking about Lasik [eye] surgery here. This is about killing babies.” Michelle Smith, of East Texas Area’s chapter of Concerned Women for America agreed, saying, “Obviously the coupons are encouraging a lifestyle.” It’s that “lifestyle,” the one where people have sex without the potential to create children, that seems the most offensive to them all.

Meanwhile, I’m just going to extra thankful for clinic workers who put up with this sort of willful ignorance, since we are going to see a lot more of it in the next few years. After all, they are coming for your birth control.

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  • crowepps

    This gives you a good idea how they think – they must have minds like sewers.

  • give-em-hell-mary

    And personal lives like sewers.

  • beenthere72

    It’s apparent that Jill is getting desperate.  

  • purplemistydez

    People like Jill can not mind their own damn business.  She assumes that women do not go to clinics for checkup, but just for abortions.  Jill is such a stupid woman and a such a disgrace that she falls into this mindset that women that want to control their reproduction are immoral sluts.  That is why I have no respect for forced birthers like her. 

  • give-em-hell-mary

    She probably has affairs with priests and secret abortions.

  • jill-stanek

    1. The $10 off applied to a “visit that day,” so it didn’t matter whether one had to wait 24 hours for that day’s appointment.

     

    2. Nevertheless, Florida’s 24 hour waiting period bill failed in the Senate this past March. There is no waiting period in Florida.

     

    3. Why do you care whether a clinic offers discount abortions? If one supports unfettered abortion access, what does it matter whether a clinic dispenses coupons to make an abortion that much easier to get?

  • crowepps

    “Pills now, Pay later”, “Pick up your birth control”.

    No discount abortions around there, just the prevention of unwanted pregnancies so that abortions *aren’t* necessary.

    And of course, sex for the purpose of having fun, which is what really has the pearl-clutchers all hysterical.