Hear me out on this one, please. When you click the link, you will see this article is from Media Matters for America. For those of you who do not know, Media Matters is a
Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
More often than not, I try to be non-biased; but I have a horse in this race. As a veteran, the defunding of Planned Parenthood affects me and all my fellow veterans. Any veteran, male or female, who has any kind of injury that would require assistance in reproduction would not be able to get help from the VA. Any woman veteran who has a hormonal imbalance and is of childbearing years that would require being put on estrogen/progestrogen pills that fall under the category “birth control pills” may or may not be able to get this pills under the purview of the VA if planned parenthood is defunded. These are truly important issues in the lives of veterans. I have opted to post the article below because it shows a clear wrong-doing and clear misinformation by the Governor of Florida in an effort to demonize and ultimately defund Planned Parenthood without regard to how it will effect the Veterans in a state with the third largest female veteran population in the country. Because of the nature of such injuries, I cannot even begin to estimate of the amount of male veterans that require assistance in reproduction due to a combat injury. However, I know there are approximately 33,000 women veterans in Florida and many of them are of childbearing age.
While the State of Florida defunding campaign of Planned Parenthood may or may not actually affect the State’s veterans, this type of behavior is being used all over the country and will absolutely affect the way people support or oppose the federal governments efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, and defunding on a federal level WILL affect Veterans.
The Florida agency tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood clinics in that state found no evidence that they were mishandling fetal remains, but Gov. Rick Scott’s office altered the agency’s statements to remove language that exonerated Planned Parenthood, and added new language that made the organization look guilty of wrongdoing. Several media outlets unwittingly quoted the statements before the misleading edits were discovered.
Gov. Rick Scott Asked Florida’s Agency For Health Care Administration To Investigate The State’s 16 Planned Parenthood Clinics
Following Release of Deceptively-Edited Videos Targeting Planned Parenthood, Florida Gov. Rick Scott Announced A Statewide Investigation. After the release of the third deceptively-edited video attacking Planned Parenthood by the anti-choice Center for Medical Progress (CMP), Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced on July 29 that he had asked the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to begin an investigation into the state’s 16 Planned Parenthood clinics. Scott made the decision despite the fact that no Florida Planned Parenthood clinics or staff appeared in any of CMP’s videos
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