Planned Parenthood: All You Need To Know

by Miranda Kulp

Today it was revealed that Planned Parenthood sent a video to Congress to dismiss claims that they broke federal laws once and for all. This report states that the undercover videos were seriously inaccurate and very edited. So, here is all you need to know about the non-profit organization…

In 1916, the first Planned Parenthood was started in New York. It was designed to help young adults, mostly women, take control of their futures and bodies in regards to pregnancies.

It is a place where young women do not feel judged for getting birth control or feel slut shammed if they are going for an STD test or in some cases, an abortion.

The organization also aims to raise awareness of important topics relating to parenthood such as how much does it cost to raise a child for example. Correspondingly, it is no secret that childrearing costs can quickly escalate and it is for these reasons that some families end up turning to fundraising efforts to raise money for child-related expenses.

Recent data shows that abortion services comprise only three percent of all the services Planned Parenthood provides. The vast majority of what the organization does involves STD testing, contraception and cancer screening. While we’re on the topic of STDs, it is important for anyone who has symptoms of certain infections to go and get themselves checked out. It is always best to be safe than sorry, as our health should be the top priority. According to Clark County, there have been 24 cases of syphilis per 100,000 people. If this doesn’t persuade people to book in for an STD test, then we’re not sure what else would.

Regardless of any data, Planned Parenthood will always be known as an abortion company and thus will always have a stigma attached. Recently a series of controversial videos were released, regarding the way PP is providing clients with fetal tissue and organs to research. This has caused an uproar due to the fact that selling fetal remains in return for profit is illegal by federal law.

As of now, all claims have been proven false. Planned Parenthood has indeed donated which is legal by law, but never received profit for any tissues or organs.

Planned Parenthood is no stranger to being in the middle of a controversy and the videos have created a media frenzy and everyone has an input. American senators are debating if the organization is worth tax payers money, and with the elections quickly approaching, this has become an extremely hot topic for both the Republican and the Democrats.

Not long ago, Republican senators voted to defund Planned Parenthood, but this did not work out for them because of the Democratic vote.

Despite the constant back and forth arguments, this controversy brought much-needed attention to the everlasting struggle of rights for women.

The Good.

Women have been fighting for equal rights for a long, long time. There has been great progress lately but there is still a long, long way to go.

When news of the controversy became public, it opened the door for a much-needed conversation to take place on healthcare for women. Frequently, companies will cover up to 25% more male-targeted medical procedures than they would cover for women.

It allows families, friends, and the public as a whole not be afraid to mention abortions and allows women to speak freely on their bodies and healthcare.

Although it is not the best situation for Planned Parenthood, this issue has allowed the organization to reiterate that the purpose is to promote safe sex and allow women to explore different health options – it is not just a free abortion clinic.

With all the freedom of conversation this debate has brought, it showed an ugly reality that there is a good portion of the population that still do not think women should have a say in what happens to their bodies.

One of the most notable quotes on the topic was from Republican nominee Jeb Bush when he asked if half a million was worth placing into health for women. Sadly, he is not the only one who feels that way. Many people do not think Planned Parenthood should be funded which many take as people not supporting the rights of women to their bodies.

This is an opportunity we can all take to talk about topics that are always have a negative stigma attached. We have the chance to change the world for the better, and give people the freedom to do what makes them feel happy.

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