Planned Parenthood ControversyEmily BaumStark State CollegeAbstractPlanned Parenthood is an organization that has been around for decades. Because of the controversy of abortion, Planned Parenthood faces several negative accusations. When looking at
all the services provided and the calculations that go with them, it is evident that the organizationprovides more good than bad. Research on the history, funds, and services allows for an unseen perspective on Planned Parenthood. Interviewing Sarah Hug also provides an inside look of Planned Parenthood and its many services and jobs.
Planned Parenthood is a highly controversial community that has gained an uproar of criticism in the recent past. For many, the dislike of Planned Parenthood comes from their disapproval of abortion. Because abortion is one of the most well-known services associated withthis community, it continues to be the source of several debates. Those who are unfamiliar with Planned Parenthood and its work are quick to judge and shame because they are unaware of additional services that the organization provides. For those who take the time to discover all thatthe group offers, it becomes clear that providing abortions is not the focus of Planned Parenthood, but rather one of the many services that is provided. After conducting both research and an interview with a staff member who is familiar with the everyday work of this group, it is evident, even for those who are against abortion, that the community works diligently to provide other beneficial services that outweigh the negative views the organization receives.Even before the creation of Planned Parenthood, the interest of family planning was a popular idea. During the 20thcentury, contraceptives started to be developed. Around that same time, organizations like Planned Parenthood started to form as well. However, even before these breakthroughs of family planning, the desire to control fertility was always something people were interested in (Claeys, 2010, p. 67). This interest in birth control most likely sparked from Thomas Robert Malthus. He presented the following concept: “[Malthus] argued as long ago as 1798 that the population would increase faster than the world would be able to feed it and urged that this growth be controlled” (Claeys, 2010, p. 67). He found it necessary to discover a way to try to slow the growth of the population so that everything else, such as food production, could keep up with the it. Without something to stop the massive birth rate, the population would grow leaving the world overcrowded. This sudden urge to control population began a movement of people interested in controlling birth rates.
Those concerned with the growth of the population banned together and eventually formed their own group. Malthusians, as they were called, were people who shared the same views as Malthus and urged others to learn about this population growth. They began having conferences focused on finding ways to control fertility and to a further extent, the population (Claeys, 2010, p. 67). The first of these conferences took place in London in 1881. At first,