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#FeministThursday: Please, just worry about yourself

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I am over people who don’t support abortion telling other women what they should and should not do with their bodies. It’s been said a million times, but I will say it again, if you don’t like abortions, do not have one.

You don’t need to shoot people who provide or receive abortions, you don’t need to tweet about how much those people deserved it or poke fun at a serious incident.

Just stop. If you have the luxury of a health care and don’t need an abortion, stay away from Planned Parenthood both physically and in your thoughts because there are people who do need the services provided by Planned Parenthood, and they deserve to receive those services in an environment safe from violence and harassment.

When a shooting happens at a Planned Parenthood clinic, it shouldn’t spark a debate about abortion. We should be questioning how and why shootings are still occurring so frequently in the United States and looking for solutions while mourning the lives that were lost in the tragedy.

It’s not any of our business what services victims were seeking and it doesn’t even matter what services Planned Parenthood provides, none of that justifies mass shootings.

Abortions are a perfectly legal service to provide and a perfectly legal service to seek and people who think it’s a justification for killing need a reality check.

Abortion isn’t a tragedy; it’s a medical procedure—one that helps women and thus society. We shouldn’t have to make excuses for abortion or try to shroud it in the other services Planned Parenthood provides.

Abortion is a right that many have fought for and one that we don’t want to lose and one that never, under any circumstances, warrants violence towards those who provide or seek the service.

Long story short, shooting people isn’t going to make anyone join your side of the debate. Those who already agree will defend the shooter and no one’s mind will be changed.

We don’t solve problems with violence; we create more problems and we would all be better off if everyone kept their negative opinions to themselves in the wake of a tragedy.

Tweets about how Planned Parenthood brought violence upon itself have no place in a compassionate society. I don’t care what your beliefs are about Planned Parenthood or the services they provide, people lost their lives because one person decided to express his opinions with a gun and when you say Planned Parenthood had it coming you are making an attempt to justify his actions which were not under any circumstances OK.

Jocelyn Gibson can be contacted at [email protected]

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