Why the Right-Wing’s Insane Attacks on Women’s Health May be Backfiring

From Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/story/150118/why_the_right-wing%27s_insane_attacks_on_women%27s_health_may_be_backfiring/

This grisly ad, and the war on Planned Parenthood, is just another example of conservative overreach. And it may just backfire.

By Sarah Seltzer

March 4, 2011 |

The grisly advertisement from the virulently anti-choice American Life League is an odd one: a bunny rabbit is placed in a blender, the blender is turned on–fade to black. What is the advertisement–using that poor bunny’s imagined demise as a metaphor for abortion–specifically advocating? Gutting Title X funding, as we’ve reported here at AlterNet, would decimate family planning programs in the U.S., and most likely increase the abortion rate. So there would actually be more bunnies in blenders, if they’re really hell-bent on using that metaphor.

Here’s the transcript (courtesy of Maya at Feministing):

Imagine the government giving hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars every year to a company that does this. [Rabbit placed in blender. Sound of blender being turned on.]

It does. Only they’re not bunnies.

Receiving over $300 million of your tax dollars every year, Planned Parenthood does this nearly a thousand times a day.

Tell Congress: It’s time to stop Planned Parenthood’s tax funding.

There’s just one problem with the ad (beyond the obvious fact that there’s no clear symbolic correlation between safe, legal abortions and a bunny smoothie): there’s currently no funding for PPFA for abortions, thanks to the Hyde Amendment. And again, getting rid of PPFA’s funding would probably make abortions more common.

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