Many who are against PP want you to believe exactly that and nothing more. The reality of the matter though, is that 0% of money that is being funded by the government is legally allowed to go towards abortions. Every dollar that the government funds towards Planned Parenthood helps men and women pay for HIV/STI testing, different types of birth control, annual exams and screenings for life threatening
Planned Parenthood is a controversial topic sweeping the nation of America with political and moral issues. Every day one could come across a new article on it, stubble upon a news article in their local paper or even on their local news station. Planned Parenthood directly provides reproductive health services, is involved in teach young students about sexual education, contributes to research in reproductive technology, and interacts with legal and political efforts aimed at protecting and developing reproductive rights.
Congress has sparked a debate as to whether or not the government should continue funding Planned Parenthood. Too many people are uneducated about the many services Planned Parenthood offers to those who would not be able to afford it otherwise. The debate began after a heavily edited video was released accusing Planned Parenthood of selling fetal organs for a profit. The selling of any body part is against federal law. CNN released an article confirming to the public that it was indeed an edited video by inputting the original and comparing it to the altered one. Planned Parenthood does donate tissue, but only for scientific research, and solely acquires reimbursement for the expenses. Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit organization.
Planned Parenthood is an organization that provides healthcare and education to both men and women, having over 650 health centers that provide healthcare to countless communities around the world. Shockingly, 78% of those who use Planned Parenthoods services live at or below 150% of the federal poverty line, showing how important this organization is to low-income families (Topulos, Greene, Drazen). Their mission statement is “A Reason for Being”, which is shown through their efforts to provide health care, advocate public policies, create educational programs, and endorse research. There are those who do not believe Planned Parenthood should be funded by the government, though, due to the fact that they provide abortions to women in need. Studies show that the effects of not having Planned Parenthood available are disastrous, causing low-income families to lack a healthcare provider and the number of those who are infected with STD’s and STI’s to rise. The biggest concern communities have about the government defunding Planned Parenthood is the effects that it would have on low-income families who would no longer have access to something that many people take for granted: health care. Although many believe that Planned Parenthood mostly provides abortions, in reality, only 3% of the people that seek help from them receive an abortion, while 97% receive affordable and, in many cases,
Abortions only make up three percent of the procedures done at Planned Parenthood clinics (“2014 2015 Annual Report”). There are a variety of other life saving and essential health care procedures done at the clinics, such as STD and STI testing, pregnancy tests, contraception, exams, and other health issues relating to both men and women. Many people believe that the federal government should defund planned parenthood; however, this would make it almost impossible for many low-income individuals to receive the care that they need. The federal government should not defund Planned Parenthood (PP) because abortion is not a valid reason for opposing funding because it is allowed by law, low-income individuals and families need the affordable
Planned Parenthood is an organization that has been around since at least 1921. Recently, it has been in the limelight due to the on-going Presidential debates leading up to the 2016 election. It appears that the Republicans want to take away all federal funding to shut down the clinics where as the democrats believe that the republicans are misguided in their claims.
Planned parenthood has been a topic of controversy the last couple of years, as people throughout the nation ask whether or not the healthcare organization should be defunded. When video footage was released in 2015 of “Planned Parenthood medical officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue to researchers,” it seemed likely that federal funds would be revoked as backlash from the public was noted (Welch). Although the nonprofit organization does offer the termination of unplanned pregnancies, the organization offers many more services to women and men, such as free birth control and yearly health checkups “backed by medical experts and more than 100 years of research in reproductive health” (Planned Parenthood). As many people struggle financially to provide for their families, Planned Parenthood’s services are a relief to those who otherwise would not be able to afford healthcare, which is why the organization should not be defunded.
Since many believe that Planned Parenthood only performs abortions, a frenzy against it has been created. “We don’t want to commit taxpayer funding for abortions, and Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider” (Strickland quoting Paul Ryan, 2017). Republicans rather see federal funding go towards federal community centers. However, to clarify this misconception we need to look at what federal funding is going towards. Planned Parenthood receives its funding from Medicaid reimbursements (Berg, 2017). They do not keep any hidden money, or have money put aside to preform free abortions. As the federal money that comes in goes straight towards helping patients.
"Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest provider of sexual and reproductive healthcare, providing birth control, pap smears, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and pregnancy tests to 5 million people each year. It has an annual budget of $800 million, 860 clinics, at least one representative in each state and enough members and staff that its reach into the grassroots is unmatched by any other entity fighting for reproductive freedom and women's equality" (Conniff, 2012).
Millions of women across America will struggle to receive the medical attention they need if the federal government stops funding to Planned Parenthood. Every year 363 million dollars goes into the funding “pot” collectively at Planned Parenthood’s nationwide (Clark 5). This money is used predominantly by women; for six in ten women, Planned Parenthood acts as their main source of health care (Clark 4). Many individuals with low incomes depend on these clinics to maintain or help better their health. Recently, the federal government is trying to pass the Pence Amendment, which would eliminate funding to these institutions. The federal government needs to realize how important Planned Parenthood
Not only has Planned Parenthood lied about the services that they provide, but a number of their own employees have filed lawsuits claiming that Planned Parenthood has cheated the system for their own profit. In 2011, Abby Johnson, the former director of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas, filed a lawsuit claiming that her affiliate had purposefully sent in approximately $6 million in false claims to Medicaid (Sedlak 15). Similarly, in 2008 a former financial executive of Planned Parenthood in California, P. Victor Gonzalez, filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood for overcharging state and federal governments by at least $180 million for birth control pills (Sedlak 15). Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas are currently entangled in a lawsuit that “alleges its involvement in ‘repeated false, fraudulent, and ineligible claims for Medicaid reimbursements’ through the Texas
Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization, offers reproductive health assistance to applicable people in the United States and internationally. Defunding Planned Parenthood (PP) is a major issue to American citizens currently.
This proposal was never made formal and it seems unlikely that Planned Parenthood will accept, despite the fact they receive $500 mill annually in Federal Funding. However, let it be noted that the majority or almost none of the funding is used for abortions, with the majority of the money being used to help pay for women’s health services provided by the non-profit. As can be seen in the Planned Parenthood summary of service 2016 Image and 2014 Graph in the appendix, very little of Planned Parenthood’s service relate to abortions, with as little as 3% being the average over the past 3-years. In addition the Images below, under Planned Parenthood Revenue Sources and Service Graphs, show the Non-profit receiving $528.4 million in Government funding and only 3% of services related to abortions. If it is concluded that all the funding for abortions comes from the Government, then $15.74 million of Government money is spent on abortions. However, it is very unlikely that it all comes from one source meaning that the amount of government money spent on abortions is much less than $15 million. Due to the lack of funding going towards abortions, Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said “Let’s be clear: Federal funds already do not pay for abortions (Haberman, 2017).” Overall, based on the graphs, it is quite noticeable that Planned Parenthood’s impact is not all abortions, rather abortions are a small part of Planned Parenthood. The Non-profit spends more in preventing and treating women with STDs and STIs, as well as providing contraception methods Thus, the federal funding cut would be a horrible decision for the U.S Government to go through with, as
Planned Parenthood has become a topic of interest for the election of 2016. This is due to many reason. This article is about David Daleiden’s exposure against planned parenthood. He went undercover for two and a half years to try to expose them for selling fetal tissue products for profit.He received three hundred hours of undercover footage and released one video per week exposing the organization. Many groups have tried to take down Planned Parenthood but have not had any success, even after spending millions. David spent one hundred and twenty thousand dollars to expose this organization for everything that he did, including salaries, research, equipment, and travel expenses. Planned Parenthood receives over five hundred million dollars
Before I made the account for the fundraiser, I emailed the website to ask question on how to help raise money for Planned Parenthood and when I received information back it was kind of shocking. Since, I emailed them to ask how I could help they respond back politely, but the shocking part was being told I could not use the name to try and raise money for Planned Parenthood. In result, that makes it a lot hard for me to get people to donate without being able to tell them the topic of my graduation project. In conclusion, I realize that it is really hard to raise money for my graduation project without telling them fullness of what the money is going to which might make it a problem in the end.