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Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood



                Federal Funding for planned
parenthood is currently up for debate. Many government individuals want to cut
the funding. Planned parenthood is a very essential organization to the public.
We should fight to keep federal funding available for planned parenthood. This
paper will discuss the different view points of planned parenthood and the
services the organization provides and why the government should keep funding

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Parenthood Federation of America is one of the nation’s leading providers of
high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people. It’s the
nation’s largest provider of sex reproductive education. It also performs
abortion procedures. The program also educates on sexual health, provides
family planning, birth control and other contraceptives, does cancer
screenings, conducts STD screenings, and performs research. With 97% of its
procedures and funds dedicated to saving lives, preventing pregnancy, and STDs,
conducting research, and providing education in order to create awareness about
different issues, it seems to some that the benefits of funding such a program
is a waste of money.


Parenthood started in 1916 on the impression that women should have the
information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives. Margaret Sanger
was the founder of the organization. She started her campaign to educate women
about sex in 1912 by writing a newspaper column called “What Every Girl
Should Know” ( also
worked as a nurse on the Lower East Side in New York in a primarily poor
immigrant neighborhood. Sanger treated a number of women who had experienced
back-alley abortions or tried to self-terminate their pregnancies. Sanger
objected to the unnecessary suffering endured by these women, and she fought to
make birth control information and contraceptives available. After seeing what
woman had to go through to terminate their pregnancies she wanted to create a
pill which she referred to as the magic pill to help control pregnancies.  She felt no woman can call herself free until
she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother,”
Sanger said.

October 16, 1916, Sanger together with her sister Ethel Byrne and activist
Fania Mindell opened the country’s first birth control clinic in Brownsville,
Brooklyn. It was said women lined up down the block to get birth control
information and advice from the clinic on sexual reproductive issues.Nine days
later the police raided the clinic and shut it down. All 3 women were charged
with crimes related to sharing birth control information. Sanger refused to pay
the fine and spent 30 days in jail; where she educated other inmates about
birth control as well.

Brownsville clinic was shut down so Sanger went on to travel the country to
share her dreams and the Planned Parenthood movement began.In 1923, she opened
the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau in Manhattan to provide birth
control plans to women and to collect statistics about the safety and long-term
effectiveness of birth control. That same year, Sanger incorporated the
American Birth Control League, an ambitious new organization that examined the
global impact of population growth, disarmament, and famine. The two
organizations eventually merged to become Planned Parenthood (

                Planned parenthood provides many services the public
is not aware of and they think the only service you can go there for is an
abortion. In fact, abortion only covers about three percent of what Planned
Parenthood does. Thirty-five percent of their services include providing
contraception, thirty-four percent goes toward testing and treatment for
sexually transmitted diseases, seventeen percent goes toward cancer screening
and protection, and the other eleven percent goes toward other health services
for primarily women, but also men. Planned Parenthood has also been trying to
spread sexual education since the 90’s. 26 states teach abstinence-only sexual
education, and some researchers argue that abstinence-only education leads to
more unplanned pregnancies because they do not inform students about
contraceptives. Not only this, but because students are ignorant of sexually
transmitted diseases, they are more likely to contract them because they don’t
know anything about preventive measures. Health
care is extremely important, but one form which is overlooked or often not
talked about often is sexual healthcare. Did you know these facts? Over 25
million people have died from AIDS since 1981. STDs often cause death,
infertility, chronic pain, birth defects, & miscarriages. Everyday 12,000
American teens contract an STD. 1 in 5 Americans have genital herpes. 90% don’t
know it and don’t show signs. There are 750,000 teen pregnancies in the U.S. a
year (2,000 a day). About 80% of teen fathers don’t stay with the mom. Every 45
seconds someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. How can we prevent these
numbers and statistics? We can with Planned Parenthood.

                Moreover,  planned parenthood offers other services  such as breast cancer screenings for woman
who may not have elsewhere to go for medical services. Planned parenthood also
provides medical services at a lower cost for low income individuals based off
of  the organization looking at your
annually salary and or monthly paystubs to determine what you would pay out of
pocket for a service .Planned parenthood also provides medication if needed for
a sexual transmitted disease at a lower cost 
using the same methods for you to be seen by a physician..     

                 Planned Parenthood is not funded directly by
the government, it does receive payment and grants from federal programs.
Planned Parenthood’s clinics provide a number of health services, mostly for
low-income women. And so consequently, the organization often bills Medicaid
for reimbursement. It also receives funding through Title X, a federal grant
program for family planning services. However, neither Medicaid nor Title X
fund the abortion services, which many people associate with Planned
Parenthood. Medicaid does have some narrow exceptions for this in the case of
rape, incest or life of mother. This gets at the heart of one of the nation’s
longest running and divisive political debates not only to what extent the
federal government should direct its fiscal policy on women’s health matters,
but whether abortion should be legal at all. Just
like other kinds of health insurance, Medicaid reimburses Planned Parenthood’s
doctors and nurses for the preventive medical services they provide, including
life-saving cancer screenings, HIV testing, and birth control.

funding for Planned Parenthood were to be cut many people would suffer. This
harmful legislation wouldn’t just keep minority patients from getting care it
would undermine their ability to obtain full reproductive freedom. Too often,
Planned Parenthood is the only health care provider many patients access. That
means their care is more than just reproductive health services Planned
Parenthood connects patients with resources to improve other areas of their

                In the recent news planned parenthood has becoming a
big conversation. The government wants to cut federal funding for planned
parenthood.  These
government officials  ultimate goal is to
shut down Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide. If that happens,
Planned Parenthood patients would lose their chosen provider, and many would
have nowhere else to turn for health care. Defunding the organization would
have devastating repercussions  for many  people who already face challenges to get the
proper health care particularly people of color, people with low incomes, and
people in urban communities. Nearly half of Planned Parenthood patients
are people of color, and many live in rural areas who would have
nowhere else to turn for health care( Without Planned Parenthood, there aren’t
enough health care providers to
deliver the millions of medical services it provides each year.

                For example in an article  featuring 
Dr. Norris who is a primary care physician in Iowa City,
Iowa. When  sees a patient who wants an
intrauterine device or a contraceptive implant she refers them to Planned
Parenthood, Because of limited staff and resources(
Norris can’t offer these forms of contraception at the free clinic where she
works as the medical director, and most of her patients don’t have the money to
get them anywhere else. “If you’re uninsured, like many of my patients, Planned
Parenthood is the only remotely affordable option in town,” Norris said
















Parenthood Federation of America is one ofthe nation’s leading providers of
high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people. It’s the
nation’s largest provider of sex reproductive education.It also performs
abortion procedures. The program also educates on sexual health, provides
family planning, birth control and other contraceptives, does cancer
screenings, conducts STD screenings, and performs research.





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Cuts to planned parenthood have troubling impact on states.Modern
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information on why cutting planned parenthood funds would be an issue

information on defunding planned parenthood

website was useful it provides insight on the misconceptions of how funding
works and benefits


How Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Affect Health Care

funding and how it will effect a pooulation