Since the first Presidential debate on Monday night, Planned Parenthood has been vocal on Twitter about their support of Hillary Clinton and opposition to Donald Trump. They congratulated Clinton for her professionalism during Monday’s debate, and criticized Trump for his disrespectful nature toward women, calling him a racist, sexist, bully and quoting the mention of his statement that pregnancy is an inconvenience for employers.
Obviously, Planned Parenthood has stakes in this election, considering Trump’s commitment to defund Planned Parenthood, and previous statements about punishing women who have had abortions. They have endorsed Hillary Clinton for her policies on reproductive health, and her intentions to make birth control and abortions more accessible. Clinton has also spoken out about her support of Planned Parenthood throughout her Presidential campaign.
Thursday, Planned Parenthood tweeted a political cartoon depicting a future in which Donald Trump is the President and abortion is not an option. The cartoon also makes reference to Nazi Germany, with the letter “T” and wings representing the Imperial Eagle used a symbol of the Third Reich during World War II. Obviously these tweets were met with some controversy, however Twitter users were not quite as belligerent as one might have anticipated.
Reactions to the conversation on Twitter and Facebook were more tame than many I have seen on similar topics. The Twitter users made their points, but no one attempted to argue with each other. There was little to no name calling nor profanity. It seemed to be more productive. While their words were loaded with further implications, and not necessarily supported by facts, people were still able to make their points clearly and concisely.
However, many of the users in favor of Planned Parenthood’s views seemed to be women, while their critics appeared to be men. This makes sense considering that the stakes for women are higher when it comes to accessibility of reproductive health care. One woman even posted a political cartoon which depicted a man protesting abortion and stating that while he does not want the government making decisions about his own health care, he does expect to make decisions about the reproductive health care given to women.
I related this to Polsby’s article which looked at which demographics tended to vote Democrat and which Republican. Polsby explained that because the Democratic party usually is more concerned with women’s issues, and supports pro-choice organizations like Planned Parenthood, women are more likely to belong to their party. On the other hand, because the Republican party is more concerned with maintaining the power men hold in society, their policies more often attract the support of men. As a woman who understands the stakes for women regarding reproductive health, Hillary Clinton, along with many of the women of the Democratic party, is both supportive of and supported by Planned Parenthood while Donald Trump, Mike Pence and the men of the Republican party oppose Planned Parenthood because it does not work to maintain their power.