For better or worse, much of my life has been a tight squeeze financially. So I have learned to stretch a dollar pretty much till I could see through it. That includes giving by volunteering rather than with cash.
There are two exceptions to that rule. The first is the American Civil Liberties Union, for which I maybe don't donate a lot, but I do donate annually. I figure, without the ACLU, we would most likely be, well, Russia.
The other exception is Planned Parenthood. This group, like me, knows how to stretch a dollar, but unlike me, they are under constant attack from (as Jim DeMint likes to say) enemies of freedom. Like ACORN, Planned Parenthood provides services to those who would do without. And like ACORN, Planned Parenthood's service to the underserved is a great opportunity for the wealthy and powerful. By attacking those who help the underserved, they are able to keep the focus off their own greedy schemes.
Right now, this very weekend, the Republican House added to their agenda of evil an anti-contraception provision to their already Grinchy funding bill.
Here in South Carolina, each year we are under attack by the truly anti-life right wing in our state legislature, with bills restricting doctors who perform women's services, redefining "life" in ever more absurd ways in order to restrict abortion, and attempting to prohibit access to contraception.
And of course, under attack throughout the country, is Planned Parenthood.
Which is why I am asking you all to do something I rarely do: donate.
Not as easy as you think. If you go to the Planned Parenthood website and click on "Donate" you may end up giving to the national organization, in which case our own center will get a mere cut. In order to donate fully to our own hard-working South Carolina branch this is what you need to do:
1. Follow this link: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-systems/
2. On the top right, click on "Donate."
3. On the right, where it says you can "Give to a specific local affiliate, click here."
4. At the top where it says Organization, scroll down and select "SC" and "Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Inc."
5. Be as generous as you can.
After all, doesn't every child deserve a planned parenthood?