Planned Parenthood: What do you think?

Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2006

Last week's question: Planned Parenthood is planning to open a Juneau clinic to deal with reproductive issues and provide abortions. Do you think that such a clinic should be opened?

Yes: 55%

No: 45%

Number of respondents: 1,897

Comments:

Planned Parenthood clinics no doubt do some good for assisting with prenatal care, but the greater harm done by Planned Parenthood, that of the killing of around 250,000 children a year through abortion means, should not be tolerated. If we accept the reliable findings of medical science, now with 4-D sonar, we cannot deny that the child in the womb is a unique human being. Killing is not an acceptable alternative to handling one's problems. People should be very concerned with a clinic coming to Juneau.

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Juneau does not need an abortion clinic in our community. The additional services provided at Planned Parenthood are available at other locations in town.

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Planned Parenthood provides needed counseling and information relating to birth control and pregnancy, and only when absolutely necessary does it provide abortion services. Nobody likes abortions, but sometimes they are the best answer for an individual. Having an ethical and appropriate clinic available is an important service to the community.

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I am against Planned Parenthood coming to Juneau. Life begins at the moment of conception.

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Juneau could certainly use a Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is not just a place to go and get abortions, it is a place to inform our youth and adults. Juneau had a Planned Parenthood back in the 70s, and thank good for that. I was able to go there and obtain birth control so I didn't have to get an abortion. I would say that is what the object is, isn't it? Not all of our youth have the opportunity to be informed of all the choices that are out there. If adults choose to be ignorant and think that Planned Parenthood is only for abortions then maybe they should do some research. That's not all it is for.

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For the benefit of everyone in our society, we must respect all life, from conception to natural death. Adoption promotes a culture of life. Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood promotes a culture of death. They have no place in Juneau.

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Though Planned Parenthood functions under the guise of helping women, in reality it uses women in order to be a part of an abortion industry. An abortion provider in Juneau would cause significant havoc and serious upset to the community. We don't need it.

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Humankind must broadly possess comprehensive reproductive information and services in order to successfully adapt to the Earth's diminishing carrying capacity. Conscientious people are doing their part to maintain a birth rate that supports that goal.

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Time and time again it has been shown that, in addition to abortion, a Planned Parenthood clinic brings with it a rise in STDs, unplanned pregnancies, and unhealthy, un-Biblical views on sexuality, responsibility and human life.

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You have to be kidding. They are the largest abortion mill in the world. We don't need a slaughter house in Juneau.

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No. I don't think a Planned Parenthood clinic should be opened. Abortion is murder. There is clinical evidence that proves a fetus' heart begins to beat in as little as two weeks. Other evidence exists that demonstrates how quickly a fetus' brain develops. I think we need to protect the rights of unborn humans, because they sure can't do it themselves. A human should not be denied the right to life based on a mother's unwillingness to bear that child.

Don't want to be a parent? Let your child be adopted by someone who has that desire. Who are we to determine if an unborn child should be sentenced to death? I think it is a travesty of immense proportions that our society attempts to make such determinations. This should be entirely left to our creator. I'm very saddened by the lopsidedness of this poll, but I'll smile because my mother chose life.

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Yes. Girls and boys, women and men should all welcome a clinic to provide affordable reproductive health education and care in Juneau. Planned Parenthood will provide a valuable resource for all of the Southeast region. As in any survey, the wording is everything. The framing of the Empire's question certainly put a provocative spin on the subject "dealing" with reproductive issues and "providing abortions" as the clinic's purpose tilts the inquiry in a negative direction. Appropriate education and preventive options can help avoid sexually transmitted disease and the need for abortions.

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It's about time that we take a step forward as a society, not backwards as so many decisions turn out to be these days. One should not ask if abortions will happen in society, because they will. And since that is the hard cold truth, would a prudent person, whether they think abortion is right or wrong, want to live in a society without access to safe abortions?

Also, Planned Parenthood does so much work to educate people in the prevention of pregnancy. If anyone has a hard time with this opinion, read Cider House Rules, and if your opinion does not change, then so be it. Even so, we still need the clinic.

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All of us want to avoid abortions whenever possible. But those who would deny others the right to resort to an abortion would have a lot more credibility if they wholeheartedly supported birth control. That is the main purpose of Planned Parenthood and the vast majority of their efforts: planning ahead. They are a highly positive addition to the community.

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Planned Parenthood provides so much more than just abortions. They provide the members of our community with another outlet for making an intelligent, informed choice regarding health issues for both men and women.

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Yes, Planned Parenthood provides critically important information and services to people who need it. We have enough ignorance in the world. We also have far too many men dictating life choices to women.

Studies have repeatedly shown that when women can plan their families they have more educational and economic opportunities, better lives and ultimately healthier families.

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The religious right is against abortion, but they're also against sex education and contraceptives. They are "pro-fetus" but not "pro-child." How can anyone take them seriously? We need education about family planning. We need contraceptives to prevent unplanned pregnancies. We need a Planned Parenthood clinic in Juneau.

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I think it is ethically wrong to not provide an option of terminating pregnancy and to have to travel to Seattle or Anchorage, especially when the state of Alaska already has a high teen pregnancy rate.

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Juneau needs a clinic to insure all women's health issues. We are all for "right to life" which does include all women, and it is a private matter how one deals with reproduction. All women should be able to say if, when and how they will have children. Remember, the miracle is not giving birth. It is in raising a child to be a productive citizen.

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Women should be given a choice. Even though we are the capital city, Juneau is very isolated with few resources when it comes to choice about pregnancy. To have a clinic with trained practitioners and counselors that is affordable before and after an abortion would be an asset. I believe with better services and resources in one complete clinic, it may prevent abortions because a woman would be more educated about her choices rather than operating out of fear.

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Absolutely no. Planned Parenthood (I know from experience) is not what they say they are. They are in the market only to make money, not help girls and women as they would tell it. Abortion is murder, no matter how you look at it. Juneau has enough problems between drug and alcohol abuse. Do we really need to add killing our unborn children? Do we really need to teach that a life, not yet out of the womb, is worthless? I don't believe we do.

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No, with a three-plus-year wait list to adopt an American baby and over two-year wait list for all other countries, what purpose is there to the Planned Parenthood but to make money. But Planned Parenthood has been great for us guys. The clinic will even protect our identity.

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The only service they are offering to Juneau that doesn't already exist is abortion. The reason they do abortions is to make money. Abortion is a violent act against women and babies and should not be allowed in our city.

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What about choosing life instead of giving options to ending it? What about encouraging abstinence instead of encouraging safe sex? Planned Parenthood does not do any of this.

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I do not support a Planned Parenthood clinic in Juneau. Within our community there are other similar services available, such as the public health clinic and CareNet.

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We are each known and loved by God even before conception. By six weeks into pregnancy a heartbeat can be detected, and by the second month a baby's central nervous system is well developed.

A baby is fully formed by the third month of pregnancy. Many people don't even know that they are pregnant by this time. Many argue that it is a woman's right to choose what she does with her body. It is not only her body that is involved when an abortion happens. There are other positive options for women who are unable to keep their baby after delivery, and we should invest our resources in these options rather than those that destroy life.

It is true that Planned Parenthood offers a variety of services other than abortions. These services can already be obtained elsewhere in our community. There is no reason for this to be an argument for Planned Parenthood to come to Juneau.

I hope and pray that we will not make the choice to allow this organization to provide it's destructive services in our community.

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What a wonderful addition this will be to the Juneau community. This clinic is long overdue and will provide important health and reproductive services to both women and men. If the self-righteous religious right attempts to block the entry of patients into the clinic, believe me, they will be overwhelmed by people like me who will make sure that patients are able to exercise their constitutional right to services in the clinic.

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Hospitals can perform abortions if the mother's life is in danger. Birth control is available through other sources. The only possible "need" for a Planned Parenthood clinic is abortions of convenience, which is murder.

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Coming from a Christian perspective, I value human life, knowing it is a gift from our creator. If Planned Parenthood is allowed to open a clinic in Juneau both men and women will have the option to kill their unborn child - a decision many would not make in the absence of a clinic.

Biblically, our value as humans (and I am resting on the belief that life is created at conception) is unimaginable. According to the Bible "for you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16)."

Here we can see that God predestined us for great works in this life. If Planned Parenthood, an institution that supports the destruction of human life, is allowed to build a clinic in Juneau, there will be many lives at stake. Our town, and the mountains surrounding it, will be darkened by this destruction. I hope and pray that the people of Juneau understand the worth of an unborn child and choose to support both the child and the mother through the giving of life.

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I am a strong believer in the right for a woman to make her own choices. In this sense, I guess you could call me "pro-choice." I am also extremely "pro-life." I believe that the moment a woman becomes pregnant, she is making choices for not one person, but two. Her choices now affect herself and the life of her unborn child. I don't care what her excuses are - "it wasn't planned," "I'm not ready," "it was a mistake" - the choices that she made are the reason that she is in this particular situation (pregnant and wanting an abortion). To give this same woman the choice to end a life, no matter how early in the pregnancy she is, would be criminal. Life is sacred; this is all that matters.

For our society to say that an abortion clinic is OK, that teaching women that they are not responsible for their actions, is a step in the wrong direction. What you end up teaching is that there is nothing that you can do that you cannot undue, no matter how horrific the procedure. That is not acceptable.

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From my observation, this group seems to provide a needed service. While their opponents would have us believe they only provide one service they, in fact, provide a wide variety of counseling and other services to a wide spectrum of women - something their opponents do not do.

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A major agenda of Planned Parenthood is providing for the aborting of unborn children. This is murder and should be stopped.

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Life is precious and every baby deserves the chance to live. Abortion ruins lives, not just the life of the babies that are killed but also the women. Women say that they have the right to do whatever they want as it is their body. Yet at the same time, they would not place themselves willingly in front of a train to be killed or maimed.

There have been many studies done and it is a proven fact that the women and girls who have had abortions have to deal with emotional trauma. They will forever remember the due date of their child they aborted. They will deal with depression, hurt and anger. I personally know women who have had an abortion. They have told me that if they had to do it over again, they would not do it. It has been very hard on them. They have never forgotten the pain - both physically and emotionally - they have and continue to go through. And no one talks about it. No one will approach them and discuss how they are doing. It is too sensitive a matter.

It hurts me to see women go through without being told about the effects it will have on them emotionally for the rest of their lives. God created life, and it is not our choice to take it away. I feel for all the women who think that their only solution is abortion. It isn't the answer to the problem. God is the only one who can fill the void in their lives.

I am still friends with the women who have talked to me. I love each and every one of them. They are great women. Do I wish I could take the pain and hurt away? Yes, I do, but I can't do it. God can and will if asked.

Planned Parenthood is not a good thing for our families. They advocate secrecy. They don't tell parents when their daughters and sons come in and use their services. Parents are responsible legally, financially and morally to take care of their children, but if a child wants to get birth control or have an abortion, they think that the parents don't have the right to know. This is very wrong. Parents are the only ones who are going to be able to support those kids later in life, and after all is said and done, Planned Parenthood won't be there for them.

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I am voting no because I believe that killing babies is wrong. I also believe that once a baby is detectable at any stage it is a viable being. A parent has no more choice of killing it than they would a baby that has already been born.

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Abortion is murdering innocent babies. It is a shame that you even have to ask.

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I vote no to Planned Parenthood coming to Juneau. I am concerned about the basic world view from which Planned Parenthood operates, and more specifically the sex education they would offer our kids. I will tell you right off that I am pro-life with a Christian world view. I believe this issue basically comes down to two competing world views. One that seeks to uphold our Judeo-Christian roots, and another that seeks to free ourselves from them. Among the many things that Planned Parenthood does, it seems clear that one of their underlying goals is to free us from Christian standards regarding sexuality.

For example, a recent article posted on the Planned Parenthood of Hawaii Web site attacks abstinence-only-until-marriage programs (such as "Lets Talk," one of this year's presenters at True Love Waits, a local Christian youth rally). The author speaks of being disturbed by "the irresponsible and offensive content that is taught to our youth regarding sexuality." At the top of their list of "disturbing" principles is the following:

• A mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of sexual activity.

So they would argue that it is "disturbing" to expect people to save sex for the context of a faithful marriage. The logic used to support their argument is as follows: "With over 90 percent of the U.S. population having had sex before their wedding night, I do not believe that this is the 'expected standard' of our citizens." Under this line of reasoning, if 90 percent of Americans would like to steal their neighbor's car, then apparently we should repeal our laws on auto theft. If 90 percent of students would like to ignore the teacher, then the teacher should just learn to tolerate that standard of behavior. Basically, we should set standards based on whether they are popular or not. And frankly, this frightens me.

Our youth need guidance, not a license to do as they please. Expectations and standards are to be based upon what is right and true, not what is popular. As adults we have got to be willing to raise the bar for our youth, not lower it. When kids stumble and fall we need to extend grace and encouragement, but we cannot afford to lower the bar in an effort to make them feel better about themselves. If we expect very little from them, then that's what we'll get. The expected standard for sex must not come from popular opinion, but rather from almighty God. I cannot force anyone to adopt a Christian world view, but I would strongly encourage you to consider the cost our youth will pay if we allow Planned Parenthood to redefine the expectations for sexual activity.

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I support planned pregnancy and healthy homes for children. Unfortunately to support that goal means that if one is pregnant and does not want to be, is not interested in carrying the child, a drug abuser, victim of rape or incest, one has to have a means to terminate the pregnancy. The harsh reality is that women who do not want to be pregnant are not going to care for themselves or the child. Where are the pro-life folks when babies are born addicted to cocaine, on welfare or in abusive homes? There seems to be disconnect with those opposed to abortion when it comes to valuing the child in the woman's body and the child here in the flesh.

Until we can ensure that the only babies born are wanted babies, we have to provide a means to not have babies. Under the current administration, education is out, as is preventative birth control conversations. Therefore, medically safe places providing abortions are needed.

I haven't even commented on the fact that by not allowing a woman to control her body you've effectively demoted her to brood mare status.

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I support Planned Parenthood because until we can prevent pregnancy, we must provide alternatives to women.

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I voted "no" on the poll regarding Planned Parenthood opening a new store in Juneau. They have a clear record of undermining families and promoting promiscuity among our teenage population. If they were a moral and ethical group of people trying to help families (adult, married people) I would support them. But, the fact is that they promote homosexuality as normal, abortion as normal and lying to parents as normal. As a parent of three teenagers, I cannot in clear conscious vote for them to "set up shop" in any community with their current agenda.

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Keep reproductive health options available to all women. Everyone has a choice. For those that don't want or require the services, let them make that decision. For those of us who want the options, let us decide what we are doing with our own bodies.

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That you even ask the question, "Why?" is the reason the answer is yes. Why, because women reproduce and we deserve reproduction care and support that is confidential and available to all. Planned Parenthood provides that.

States are now writing up laws that say a doctor must let a woman know that the fertilized egg or fetus could feel pain from the abortion. This is an outright manipulation and coercion through guilt and shame. We must not let this continue any longer. We are forever paying the price for Eve's mythical blunder, forever being punished for the downfall of man by the ultimate oppression against women: the taking away of our inherent dominion over our lives, our health and our bodies.

When Viagra was embraced by insurance companies, did anybody ask, "Why?"

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I think this clinic is absolutely necessary. When I was a poor, young woman in my 20s here in Juneau, I used the local free clinic for affordable exams, breast cancer screening, birth control pills, counseling and testing for STDs. I shudder to think what women have to do without this great service. We can reduce the need for abortion by providing inexpensive access to reproductive services. Even anti-abortionists should support that goal.

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Planned Parenthood provides not just reproductive information and abortions but most important of all are the contraceptives they supply to sexual active women and men. The Planned Parenthood clinics have probably done more to prevent abortions than all the protests and picketing of the anti-choice folks.

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There are almost no available OB/GYNs in Juneau. Very few of them take new patients. When I tried to find one, it took a week of research and asking around to find someone who would take me. It took another month to be scheduled. OB/GYN bills are outrageous. I have an outstanding bill from several months ago that I still cannot pay. Being that I am not Native (and yet, I was low-income) I had no options.

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A resounding yes to opening a clinic in Juneau. Planned Parenthood does more than any other agency to prevent unwanted children from coming into the world. Having worked for many years with abused and neglected children, who live very sad lives of terror and desperation, I cannot imagine a more important issue than reproductive rights.

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I live in Fairbanks, where Planned Parenthood has had a facility for about four or five years.

I value the services the clinic brings to all people in the community who are in need of birth control and pregnancy planning, as well as the option of terminating that pregnancy.

Abortion is part of the range of services required in order for women to maintain control of their reproductive health. Demanding that they subscribe to a religious belief that rules against the termination of a pregnancy is anti-American. Faith is an issue of privacy and has no place in the laws associated with the private decisions of a democratic citizenry.

Taking a stand against the creation of a clinic that offers primarily reproductive planning services makes no sense. And if a person is anti-abortion then you simply don't have to have one. But you have no right to prevent access to that service for someone else.

Planned Parenthood is education. That remains the most successful planning tool there is.

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This clinic is long overdue. Reproductive health needs have been inadequately served for the 30 years I've lived in Juneau. Planned Parenthood has for decades provided women and men, young and old, the information and services they need to take responsible control of their sexual lives.

They are one of the great institutions of this country promoting individual and social good. Juneau deserves to have this benefit.

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I think that Planned Parenthood should open a clinic in Juneau. It's not just the issue of abortion, but the clinic also provides a necessary low-cost option for people to receive their yearly pap smear (that some might not receive) as well as screening and education on issues of STDs, pregnancy and birth control. All of these issues are done by your own local doctors; however, not all can afford these services. It is also a place that many young women, such as myself once in college, can go and ask questions they might not have asked their own local physicians. During the summer, with Alaska having a larger migratory population for the tourist season, it is also a known clinic for those women coming from other parts of the U.S. in which they know that they can come and receive services such as their yearly pap smear. As a traveling nurse at one time, my friends and I knew that we could always look up where a Planned Parenthood clinic would be to receive our yearly physicals. People tend to overlook the other services Planned Parenthood offers due to the abortion issue. I hope that they would look into the very needed services and education that they provide.

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I just don't think we should welcome an organization who considers killing the unborn a legitimate method of contraception.

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Regardless of whether or not you support Planned Parenthood, it is a fundamental American right to have access to health care. Planned Parenthood is not all about abortions and birth control (in fact they're very little about abortion when you consider everything else they do); they do a lot for women's health and wellness. If you don't want a clinic in town, then don't go. But don't ruin it for the people who do want one.

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Planned Parenthood offers education about birth control and sexually transmitted infections to their clients and to others in the community. Abortion could be eliminated if information were available to young people and others all along the life span.

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As a scientist it is my opinion that the DNA contained in the viable fetus represents a life of value equal to my own.

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I strongly encourage the residents of Juneau to support the opening of a Planned Parenthood clinic in town. I am a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood because I believe that access to medically accurate information about sexual health should be available to everyone. Planned Parenthood is an incredible organization because it provides communities with the education and services needed to make healthy choices.

I am a 20-year-old female and, as I watch President Bush systematically destroy women's' reproductive rights, I fear that my generation is in great danger. It is imperative for my peers and I to have access to accurate information as well as resources in order to make healthy choices for ourselves. If a Planned Parenthood clinic were to be built in Juneau it would be an incredible resource to not only Juneau residents but to many Alaskans in surrounding communities. In order to promote the health of Juneau residents, please support the addition of a Planned Parenthood clinic to the Juneau community.

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To whip up conservative fervor, it is popular to attack Planned Parenthood as wallowing in blood and luring innocent women in to unknown horrors. Actually, abortions are a small part of the clinic's work. The major part of their work is providing information and material so abortions are not necessary.

Teenage pregnancy rates are highest where knowledge and condoms are condemned - the height of hypocrisy. As an experienced social worker once told me, "Abortion is bad, but an unwanted child is worse."

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Yes, this clinic should be established in Juneau. It will provide an essential service for women, families and the community. Access to reproductive health care is essential for women, especially poor women, to achieve social and economic justice, equality with men and control over their own bodies and lives. This means that reproductive health care must include abortion services. The excruciating decision to continue or terminate a pregnancy must always be made by the woman alone, in consultation with her physician, trusted counselors and family members of her choice.

It is not possible to solve the mystery of when "life" begins to everyone's satisfaction. The reasonable, ethical arrangement is to leave the decision of childbearing to the woman, with the compromise of Roe v. Wade left in place. No one else should, or is qualified, to dictate this decision. Others, particularly nonfamily members, whose health and welfare are not at stake, should have no veto power to impose forced childbirth.

Frankly, the men - who cannot bear a child and whose contribution to reproduction amounts to a few minutes and one determined sperm - should have no say in restricting a woman's right to choose. I am tired of a Legislature, executive, Congress and the Supreme Court (down to one woman) dominated by men dictating things to women. Men arguably have a taxpayer interest in whether public funds are best used to fund family planning.

Human overpopulation has already drained the resources and environment of the planet. Earth's life support system cannot sustain us; and, as Kurt Vonnegut says, the immune system has kicked in. What kind of a life do you want for your children? It is absurd in these crowded and hazardous times to reject reproductive health education in the schools, the wide distribution of birth control measures and the concept of responsible family planning. Talk about a death wish. I say bring the clinic to Juneau. It is a good investment.

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Planned Parenthood provides valuable information and help for people who wish to use their services. I don't think one issue such as abortion should be the deciding factor about bringing this service to our community. Every person should be able to make informed decisions about their own bodies.

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Reason for supporting the clinic - a city the size of Juneau needs to have options available to its women and families, such as those offered by Planned Parenthood.

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A clinic in Juneau would increase women's ability to find affordable health care.

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The only way to make abortion rare is to provide discreet, reliable low-cost birth control, and this is something that Planned Parenthood excels at. With 40 percent of teenagers getting pregnant, someone has to do something practical to make sure they use birth control, and to provide abortions to those who would otherwise ruin their lives and the lives of the unwanted children at risk for abuse and neglect. All children should be wanted children.

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Their name "planned" parenthood is a snake-in-the-grass attempt to sugar-coat a detestable side of the human race - the killing of our own with the justification being the betterment of the parent. It would be interesting to run a poll of those that vote for such a place to see if they are against the killing of wolves or in some cases any animal for the planned management of a species. I would bet you would find they are against it. Pretty disturbing actually.

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We don't want Planned Parenthood to come to Juneau because there is not doubt in our minds that abortion is the killing of babies. We live in a country that is supposed to protect life and that surely includes the babies.

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No, Planned Parenthood should not be in Juneau. I believe there would be a rise in STDs, unplanned pregnancies and an increase in irresponsible attitude toward sexual relationships.

The services they would offer are already taken care of by doctors and counselors in Juneau who give a much more complete picture of what irresponsible sexual actions will have.

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Every woman needs to have access to birth control and options available. Birth control methods are effective means of preventing unwanted pregnancies. Planned Parenthood offers and educates in the many options available.

People can say that abstinence is a viable option but history has shown for eons that this is an unrealistic goal. Adoption is also an option, but unfortunately, many women are not willing to give up babies when they are not emotionally or mentally able to be a good parent.

There are too many unwanted, "throw-away" children in this world who only experience a life of abuse and exposure to behaviors that will only lead to another generation of adults who only know how to abuse, whether it be physical abuse or mental or believing "the world owes them a living" and are nonproductive individuals.

A child is a wonderful blessing but not meant for everyone at every time. It is imperative that women have an option.

Planned Parenthood has proven itself, for decades, in being able to provide a variety of options and assist in helping women know what their options are.

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Of course a Planned Parenthood clinic should open in Juneau. Men and women everywhere deserve quality reproductive health care. If more people seek and receive education, contraceptives and family planning information before they become sexually active, the need for abortion will decrease. That should be everyone's goal.

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Access to the full range of health services which may be needed by a woman is essential. Juneau and surrounding Southeast Alaska towns have been too long without a full range of reproductive health services. The services to be offered by Planned Parenthood are long overdue, and I fully support their clinic in Juneau.

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Juneau needs to have a reproductive health clinic. I believe that at the foundation of a good family is a strong reproductive plan. Women and couples need to have all options available to them to make deliberate, reasonable decisions for their future and the future of their families. Without a clinic that offers all reproductive options, the families of Juneau are limited. Planned Parenthood needs to open a clinic in Juneau.

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Abortion is murder.

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In reply, I think that it is not appropriate to state in your poll question that Planned Parenthood wants a clinic based in Juneau to "deal with reproductive issues."

Reproductive health care is an important and integral part of any person's composite health care picture. Regular health screenings, preventive care, education about reproductive health as well as health care for emergent and chronic reproductive health concerns should not be dismissed as things to "deal with."

For example, the minimum standard of health care for women should include regular screenings for breast and cervical cancer. This type of preventive care is not always covered by health insurance policies, and for those who lack adequate insurance coverage or have no insurance coverage, these screenings are often not accessible or affordable. Planned Parenthood's four clinic sites in Alaska offer this important screening service at reduced or no cost to those who qualify. I would not diminish this important health care as "dealing with reproductive issues."

I would venture to guess that there are more survey-design appropriate ways to word such a question.

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It is misleading to say Planned Parenthood "performs abortions" without including they work to prevent abortions by providing information and contraceptives. Come on.

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I answered yes to this week's poll question because, simply put, people need to have that option available to them. Planned Parenthood is not only about abortion. That's not even its main focus. The aim of the agency is to educate the public on family planning and STDs, among other things. To deny someone the right to make an accurately informed decision about their lives and their bodies is to deny that person of a very basic human right, and that's wrong.

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Juneau is a beautiful place. People travel from all over the world to see the natural beauty and the wildlife. People here are very protective of the environment. We also enjoy a wide variety of cultures and races. I believe it is a place for which life of any kind is important. Juneau and it's people are unique.

When I heard Planned Parenthood was coming to town, I was shocked. It was as if the business came slinking in while many of us were unaware. I knew little about the business itself. Gathering information about Planned Parenthood seemed vital and I looked on the Internet. In researching it, I found many references to Margaret Sanger, racism, bigotry and even Hitler. The people of Juneau should educate themselves. Simply look online. Type in "facts about Planned Parenthood" as a general subject. You will find some surprising links full of information on the subject. Remember, this business is coming to town to do abortions. They are not only going to be passing contraceptives or giving advice.

I would like to believe that Planned Parenthood will decide not to come. I feel that if it does open for business it will change the way many Juneauites feel about the worth of life, the environment and the city. It may even change the way Juneauites feel about themselves.

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Should I, my sister or daughter, require an abortion, the specific reasons and decision should be made by doctors and not religious zealots. Political officials should have more important matters to attend, unless their primary objective is simply re-election.

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Having the counsel of this clinic or program in the past has led to very devastating decisions that I will live with for the rest of my life. The choices they provide do not fully lay out the realities or the consequences that arise later, especially in the area of abortion. They are not informed and their "medical advice" is unhealthy. This is a very unbalanced program that sells itself as virtuous.

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Abortion kills children. Planned Parenthood teaches that abortion is an acceptable choice to resolve an unwanted pregnancy. Christians don't want to prevent women from making decisions concerning their own bodies, but in this case it isn't just their own body. There is also another living human being already being formed inside of her. Jesus Christ wants us to look out for both of their lives, souls and interests.

Most people would think it horrible to attempt to justify the killing of elderly men and women when they become "unproductive" members of society, when they become too much trouble, or are now too expensive or are simply an inconvenience. Christians feel that taking the life of an unborn child is murder of the same unconscionable sort.

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Call me old-fashioned if you want. Call me closed-minded if you like. You may even call me pro-choice (I say let the baby choose if it wants to live or not), but the truth is, abortion is nothing less than the cruel, vicious and brutal murder of a living, breathing, defenseless and innocent human being. Enough said.

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I am not from Alaska, but I am a firm supporter of Planned Parenthood. I have attended rallies at a women's clinic that was bombed (over 10 years ago) in Reno, Nev., my hometown. I cannot imagine any valid reasons for not wanting a Planned Parenthood office in Juneau.

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As a motherless teenager, Planned Parenthood facilities were an essential resource for me in the 70s. They provided unbiased information from people who knew how to deliver it without judgment. Birth control methods would have been hard to come by in those days without their assistance and support.

Just because a clinic performs abortions, I believe the most significant role of these clinics is a source of information and health assistance in a safe and supportive environment. I had an abortion as a teenager; my decision was never pushed or coerced by the staff of the clinic. I was presented with solid facts and information about my choices and options. The reality of my choice was made very clear. It was not a decision I made lightly, but it was the right one for me.

I certainly do not condone women who blatantly use abortion as a form of birth control; women have a responsibility to take precautions to the best of their ability to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

I totally support women who choose full-term pregnancies on moral beliefs. And I pray that those children have the opportunity to grow up in a loving environment where either the birth mother or an adoptive mother cherishes it.

What I cannot support is anyone making those decisions for someone else. I have never been pro-abortion or anti-abortion. I am pro-choice.

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I watched a filmed abortion years ago, performed by a doctor with the baby's actions being monitored on ultrasound. The baby tried to get away from the instruments and reacted as any living human would. The name of the film, if you're interested, is called "The Silent Scream" and should be watched by everyone interested in the abortion issue. This is the only source I know of that actually lets the baby make known his/her response to the issue.

Secondly, mother and child have separate DNA, often different blood types, a different fingerprints: all of which testify as to their distinct and separate beings.

All the girls and women I know personally who have had abortions felt deep remorse and guilt as a result, which has not gone away even to date.

There are lots of people who cannot conceive but would love to adopt and love and provide for a child, but often have to wait years. They end up adopting foreign children because Americans tend to terminate unwanted children rather than let others care for them.

Our greatest resource should be our children. If we do as the Spartans did and dispose of our unwanted people, we will never be strong enough as a nation to overcome major obstacles when they arise.

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Yes, Juneau should welcome the opportunity to have a Planned Parenthood clinic available to the citizens. Quick access to safe and sensible health care is essential for everyone. Although some of the services offered through Planned Parenthood are not agreeable to everyone, that does not mean that those who are in need of their services (which are legal) should be prevented from accessing information and treatment.

If people don't want what Planned Parenthood provides, they may stay away from their threshold and respectfully mind their own business. Allow the rest of us to be capably in charge of our own business.

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Planned Parenthood, as an organization, offers not only affordable health care services but also quality education regarding reproductive health. Currently in Juneau, the Public Health Center is the only place that offers services on a sliding fee scale, and they are extremely busy. A Planned Parenthood clinic in town would be a welcome addition to meet Juneau's health care needs, particularly for lower income individuals. The clinic would also likely provide education opportunities and counseling services, which would greatly benefit many individuals and the community as a whole.

Specifically, most Planned Parenthood clinics offer classes for young people, which in a city with a high teenage pregnancy rate, seems like a valuable service. Last, regardless of one's stance on abortion rights, abortions are still currently legal, and it seems absurd that this vital medical service is not available in Alaska's capital. Overall, a Planned Parenthood clinic would greatly enrich and legitimize this community.

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What can be wrong with reproductive health services, education and advocacy? A Planned Parenthood clinic will only benefit the community by providing important and necessary health care services for all, regardless of income.

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Planned Parenthood provides the kinds of services to women and families that do not exist in any other form. Your poll is biased in that it states abortion as a primary activity. It is not. It is one of the valuable services provided by the agency. Without Planned Parenthood, there would be no family advocate for the economically deprived. There would be no full service organization capable of speaking to all family members in the matters of reproductive health that also comes without religious or monetary strings attached. No government agency fills that position. No other social group fills that position, and no private facility fills that position. I am passionately supportive of the Planned Parenthood mission and opposed to those who would see Planned Parenthood stigmatized as just an "abortion clinic." That is too simple and myopic an approach to the role Planned Parenthood truly plays in our society.

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Yes. First of all, as your articles have shown, Planned Parenthood provides many important services besides abortions. Second, although the so-called right-to-life groups don't like it, a woman who believes that she needs an abortion has a constitutional right to have one.

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As an Alaskan, I believe in giving human life every possible measure of help to survive. The harsh wilderness and climate gives us plenty death each year to keep our native-born population low. To spend such money placing our future generations in jeopardy seems a foolish investment.

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I believe that a Planned Parenthood should be opened in Juneau. Cost-effective medical care needs to be made available to all women and men. As a society, if we are truly committed to reducing the number of abortions and unplanned pregnancies, we should embrace the mission of organizations such as Planned Parenthood.

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No, it would be too easy for everyone to get an abortion. If it is medically necessary, they can get one somewhere else. Abortion is extremely painful on the baby. If they get pregnant then they should accept it.

The Empire poll is an informal, unscientific poll.



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