The Benefits Of Planned Parenthood

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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.
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Oftentimes, the women that go to a Planned Parenthood facility are anxious about whatever reason they are there. The personnel at any Planned Parenthood facility helps women and assures them that they have numerous options. For example, one woman, Marandah Field-Elliot, who contacted Planned Parenthood with a pregnancy scare, states that she stands with Planned Parenthood because “they give people information to decide what happens with their bodies and their future.”. Another woman, who only goes by Jessica, states that she “...went to Planned Parenthood to discreetlly have various STI tests run.”(Pearson, Catherine) after she was raped during her sophomore year in college. She goes on to say that “the staff were very caring and professional” to her after her ordeal.(Pearson) If the government stops funding Planned Parenthood, women like Ms. Elliot and Jessica will no longer have access to low-cost medical services to help them when they cannot afford it. As a result of this, there will be more STIs, more unwanted pregnancies, and ultimately more women who are ignorant about their …show more content…
In fact, according to the Planned Parenthood annual report in 2013, abortions only make up 3 percent of all the services they offer. 85 percent of their medical services are STD/STI testing and treatments, cancer screenings, and providing contraception. According to an article on Huffington Post, Planned Parenthood “provided 865,721 pap smears and breast exams” Even if people are against abortions, Planned Parenthood does more positive things for women besides terminating pregnancies. In fact, according to the Planned Parenthood services guide, 3,724,558 people were given preventative measures against pregnancies, including emergency contraception kits and vasectomies. This is more than ten times as many abortions that are done. Planned Parenthood does more to prevent pregnancies before they happen, which lowers the number of women who want

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