The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Women’s Fight for the Right to Health Care

Feb 20, 2017

A right-wing protest against Planned Parenthood in Detroit, Michigan turned into a women’s rights rally for it. The pro-choice rally dwarfed the smaller number of people who had come out to attack it. A spirited and determined group of 300 or more women came out to defend women’s access to medical care, as well as their right to make their own decisions about abortion, birth control and other reproductive issues.

Planned Parenthood provides essential services ranging from HIV prevention, STD testing, cancer screenings and family planning services. And while in Michigan this agency is one of 29 family-planning providers that receive federal funding, Planned Parenthood sees about 65 percent of the state’s poorer patients who qualify for government assistance.

This attack on Planned Parenthood is an attack on women’s right to choose to control their own bodies. It is particularly an attack on working class women, who, for the most part, have no other place to turn to for their health care needs.

It is an outrage in this day and age that right-wing fanatics and religious fundamentalists still try to impose their vicious ideas on the whole population.