As COVID-19 patients fill up hospital beds, attorneys general across the country call for the easing up for restrictions on an abortion pill to provide abortion care for patients from home. Planned Parenthood and Cornellians for Life provide their takes on the statement.
Planned Parenthood announced a merger with five affiliates in New York State — including the organization’s local Ithaca branch — in a move to increase access to high quality reproductive care in the state.
The idea behind the tongue-in-cheek jewelry first began with a gift for a friend’s birthday, Barrans said. After the gift was met with warm reception, Barrans quickly realized the once light-hearted gimmick could serve as a charitable platform.
“I came for the pole and stayed for the posse,” says Veronica Wertz ’21, one of the fourteen students performing in Cornell Pole Posse’s first annual showcase this Friday to benefit Planned Parenthood.
Last week, Isaac Schorr ’20 wrote a pretty divisive letter to the editor concerning the Class Council gala fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. In the space below I’m going to discuss both Isaac’s letter and the campus response it received. Saying that Planned Parenthood is a divisive organization isn’t a novel claim. Nor is the claim that the Class Councils, who purport to represent the interests of their corresponding classes, shouldn’t plan events fundraising for divisive organizations. I can only imagine what would’ve happened if the gala were raising money for the NRA …
This was not the column I was expecting to write this week, but in a way, I’ve been ready to write this column my whole college career. I’m the daughter of two scientists, a feminist, a liberal and I’m pro-choice. However, there a lot of other things about me that you might not expect. For example, I also weep and pray at the thought of dead babies. Where the pro-life — or, more accurately, anti-choice — crowd and I differ is I don’t equate abortions with dead babies, and I certainly don’t equate Planned Parenthood with murder either.
A little over a month ago, Dr. Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood, confirmed what the American pro-life movement has recognized for years when she tweeted: “First, our core mission is providing, protecting, and expanding access to abortion and reproductive health care.” In the words of its own leader, Planned Parenthood is an organization that believes its primary purpose is to push for more abortion, full stop. This admission renders the decision made by the Class Councils of 2021 and 2022 to fundraise for Planned Parenthood at their Valentine’s Day Gala completely inappropriate and extraordinarily insensitive. Although the majority of Cornellians may favor abortion rights to one extent or another, there exists a great many of us who believe that the result of the procedure is the ending of a distinct human life deserving of dignity like any other. Despite my own strong feelings on the matter, I understand that in a diverse community such as ours, disagreement on this issue is inevitable. What I fail to understand, and what I object to, is the Class Councils’ reckless decision to spend money collected from each and every undergraduate via the Student Activity Fee on a fundraiser for such a deeply divisive organization — an organization that performed 332,757 abortions in 2018 alone.
On Tuesday, the New York State Senate passed three bills — the Reproductive Health Act, the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act and the Boss Bill — that aim to change the future of women’s reproductive rights.