Essay about A Interview About Planned Parenthood

1118 Words Dec 11th, 2015 5 Pages
According to its website, Planned Parenthood has been around to help women since 1916, around the same time that the Suffrage Movement was gaining popularity. The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, initiated her movement when she and her sister opened the first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York. At the time, birth control was prohibited because of the Comstock Laws of the 1870s. But because Sanger knew about the tragedies that unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions could cause, she risked being arrested to provide contraception for lower class women. Sanger continued to advocate for women’s rights and the legalization of abortions and contraceptives throughout her lifetime, like many women still do today.
So what exactly is Planned Parenthood? It is a government funded organization dedicated to helping women who cannot afford health care, such as STI checks, mammograms, and contraceptives. However, it may not remain government funded for long. Recently, Planned Parenthood has been under scrutiny because of a contentious video claiming that Planned Parenthood has been selling fetus body parts to stem cell research. Due to this, and the fact the Planned Parenthood does perform abortions, the Senate “has just passed a bill” that will “take away federal funding of Planned Parenthood.” (Powell, Val) However, because Planned Parenthood helps any women in need, the government should continue to fund it in order to maintain the health and safety of women…

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