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Spoor 1 Sarah Spoor Professor Emily Thomas Eng 102 2 April 2017 The Defunding of Planned Parenthood Defunding Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 The subject of Planned Parenthood has always been controversial. Recently, Planned Parenthood and some of the services it offers, more specifically, abortion, has caused some commotion in the government. People who are against abortion, also known as “Pro-Lifers” This lead to a bill stating that the government will stop funding Planned Parenthood. According to Congress.gov, the bill declares, “This bill prohibits, for a one-year period, the availability of federal funds for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any of its affiliates or clinics, unless they certify that the affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period”. This Act was passed in the House on September 18, 2015, stirring up even more of an outcry from the people who support women being able to choose what they would like to do with their own bodies or “Pro-Choicers”. History of Planned Parenthood Planned Parenthood was founded October 16, 1916, in Brooklyn, New York. Margaret Sanger, founder of PP, along with her sister and another women’s rights activist opened up the first birth control clinic to inform and help women in the area plan their futures. After only nine days of being in business, the police shut the clinic down because during this time, sharing
Spoor 2 information about birth control was against the law. Sanger refused to pay the fine for her crimes which landed her 30 days in jail, where she shared birth control information with the other inmates. Being a nurse, she was able to travel the nation, spreading her vision, and leading to the opening of the second Planned Parenthood in Denver, Colorado. In response to black women