I have no vagina nor ovaries. I have never been pregnant and probably will never be pregnant. However I have strong opinions on Planned Parenthood.
I fail to see why anyone would oppose Planned Parenthood. Clearly, it is much better than unplanned parenthood.
Children should be planned, and should arrive in families with love, time, health, intelligence, space and financial resources that will make it likely that the new arrival will survive and thrive until adulthood.
Unplanned children are often neglected or abused. I can't imagine how a raped woman could feel compassion for a baby who looks like her rapist.
Abortion is birth control, but more attention must be paid to conception control. Sadly, no method is foolproof. I know a family with three children, all born after the failure of a different contraception method.
A fetus is not a child, not a human being.
It is a potential human being but can't have a Social Security number or life insurance, can't own property or provide a tax deduction.
Sure, a nearly-born fetus could probably survive outside its mother; but that doesn't matter. Birth determines the beginning of human life.
You can say it's arbitrary, unscientific, illogical, immoral or something else, but it's the law. "Beginning" has to happen at a legally defined point.
Some on the right insist that life begins at conception, but conception has never been defined in a way that satisfies everyone. Does conception occur when sperm enters a vagina, when a sperm cell is attached to an egg, when a zygote (fertilized egg) implants in a uterus —or some other point?
Abortion is unpleasant and not to be decided on casually. But it is legal in the USA and many other countries. It should be legal, rare, available and safe for the mother.
Planned Parenthood, of course, provides a wide array of needed health services and must not be the target of conservative politicians or crazed, murderous rightwingers.
If you don't want to have an abortion, don't have one. It's simple.
A few years ago I developed an agonizing headache while waiting on a long line to exchange a defective cable TV box.
There was no nearby drugstore, but there was a Planned Parenthood clinic across the street—being picketed, by the way.
I crossed the street, crossed the picket line, went inside and a nice lady gave me two Tylenol tablets and a cup of water.