Essay on Parenthood And Its Effects On Women 's Health Services

708 Words Aug 24th, 2015 3 Pages
Political grandstanding could cost a lot of people their access to affordable healthcare.

Recently, Planned Parenthood has come under attack for misconstrued information regarding its abortion services and the handling of fetal tissue for scientific research. The controversy reached a climax a few nights ago, when nearly every single Republican national candidate declared on live television that he or she would defund Planned Parenthood.

Yet contrary to popular belief, many of Planned Parenthood’s services have nothing to do with abortion. According to Planned Parenthood’s 2013-2014 Annual Report, 42 percent of services are sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, 34 percent of services are contraception, 11 percent are other women’s health services, 9 percent are cancer screening and prevention and 3 percent are abortion services.

Yet due to the recent events surrounding the videos released by The Center for Medical Progress, this 3 percent has overshadowed all of the other services that Planned Parenthood has to offer.

Communities across the United States shouldn’t lose access to the other health services offered by Planned Parenthood because there’s disagreement and political divide over a relatively small portion of its operations, and this disagreement definitely shouldn’t determine Planned Parenthood’s worth in the community or the amount of national funding it receives.

STI testing, cancer screenings, contraception and yearly health exams are vital…

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