Saturday, July 1, 2017

Long pink chain

GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa and the GOP controlled legislature slashed funding for Planned Parenthood – not abortion funding (which it didn’t provide), but all funding. Planned Parenthood had to close four clinics, leaving 14,600 Iowans without compassionate health services. Another aspect of the story is familiar – 77% of Iowans opposed the cuts.

In protest activists created a pink paper chain with 14,600 links in it. Then they delivered this seemingly endless chain to the governor’s office and piled it up. Governor, you may be acting out of ideology (and ranking), but each link in this chain represents a person being harmed.

Cutting health services for women is misogyny, and thus a form of ranking – even when enacted by a woman governor.

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