What is and what is not about Planned Parenthood. Of course, the only thing anyone hear in the news concerning PP is the Right to Life debate or the battle against abortion. Donald Trump - take note. The ProLife stance here is to remove the woman's right to Privacy or the woman's right to an abortion. PP is more than just abortion (which functions less than 5%). It is sex and fertility education, access to birth control, HIV tests, HPV Vaccines, breast cancer exams, etc. PP is an essential resource and health services for women of all ages, race, religion, income status, etc. But it is negatively plagued by Religious Conservatives.
I was a Planned Parenthood affiliate chief executive, supervising a network of clinics in New York state, during the early days of this terrible recession. We ran deficits, cut hours, closed centers and laid off staff members. In a recession, things get very difficult — more and more people are in need, while government funds lag and donations dwindle. But still we did not turn patients away, even if they could not pay. At the same time, we had to fight political battles to preserve women’s rights to basic care and information about their sexual health. Those battles continue: Thursday, the House voted to defund Planned Parenthood permanently; the Senate opposed that measure. Amid the debate, let’s address some of the misperceptions about this nearly 100-year-old health-care organization.
1. Planned Parenthood’s federal funding frees up other money to pay for abortions.
2. Ninety percent of what Planned Parenthood does is provide abortions.
3. Defunding Planned Parenthood will reduce abortions.
4. Planned Parenthood serves only teenagers and prostitutes.
5. People don’t really need Planned Parenthood.
Again, the top 5 list above are MYTHS!
If abortions is less than 5%, what does Planned Parenthood do for the 95%?
For women who lack healthcare, PP provides needed preventative maintenance, screening and treatment for those who cannot afford it. PP provides vaccines, cervical cancer screenings, 830,000 breast exams, STD screenings, low-cost reproductive information and care, which also goes into providing contraception. This is affordable and acceptable healthcare for millions of women in need.
Funding for Planned Parenthood must continue.
Barring Planned Parenthood from participating in federal programs would lead to less access to birth control, more unintended pregnancies and more abortions.
Stand up, support and be counted for Planned Parenthood. Link