Planned Parenthood Essay

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Planned Parenthood Intro-Andrea: 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. Need-Julie: Planned Parenthood…show more content…
If a woman is pregnant and she has an untreated STD such as hepatitis B, herpes, and syphilis, it could also potentially spread to the fetus, potentially leading to premature birth, stillbirth, and birth defects. Because Planned Parenthood is so affordable, many people depend on it as a reproductive health clinic. In fact, about one half of the organization’s patient’s use doctors at Planned Parenthood as their primary physicians, because they would be unable to afford anything else. Planned Parenthood also provides accurate sexual education, and they speak about all forms of birth control, including abstinence, and the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases. 26 states require abstinence-only education, and some argue that by not providing other information about sexual health, this increases the chance of unintended pregnancy. In fact, the two states with the highest rates of teen pregnancy are Mississippi and New Mexico. Mississippi does not require sex education, but when it is taught, it is restricted to be abstinence only, and New Mexico has no requirements at all about what should be included in sex education. By providing sexual education that encompasses all forms of birth control and STD prevention, including abstinence, Planned Parenthood reduces the risk of unplanned pregnancy and protects the health of women and men alike. Overall, Planned Parenthood
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