Aubrey O’Farrell Rogerian Argument Writing 2010 October 1st, 2018 The defunding of Planned Parenthood in the United States Health care is defined as the maintenance and improvement of physical and mental health, especially through the provision of medical services. People will argue, however, whether or not reproductive health qualifies as health care. Men and women use Planned Parenthood for a variety of health care services. They provide general health care, sex education, and countless resources. They target everyone; whether it’s the LGBTQ community, women, men, and parents that plan or do not plan their pregnancies. They also provide resources such as abortion services, birth control, contraception, STI testing, sex education and more. Dr. Leana Wen became the first doctor to be president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She grew up as an immigrant from China and before she was eight years old, she knew first hand the benefits from Planned Parenthood: affordable health care and more accessible resources. She later became an ER doctor and also Commissioner of Health for the city of Baltimore. Dr. Wen claims “Reproductive health care is health care. Women’s health care is health care” (Planned Parenthood). As a health practitioner and commissioner, Wen sees the importance of Planned Parenthood. Many people use Planned Parenthood as their primary health care provider. Lawrence and Ness, authors of Annals of Internal Medicine, discovered that for more than a century, “Planned Parenthood [has provided] comprehensive, and quality health care to 2.5 million men and women in the United States each year” (Lawrence 443). Because so many Americans use Planned Parenthood as their health care provider, the Trump administration defunding it would negatively affect so many.
Most women absolutely depend on Planned Parenthood as their sole health care provider. Lawrence and Ness inform us that “If Congress were to block all Medicaid patients from seeking care from Planned Parenthood health centers, the Congressional Budget office estimates 390,000 would lose access to these essential services altogether” (Lawrence, Ness 443). Defunding Planned Parenthood would eliminate health care for approximately 390,000 Americans. Without access to their health care centers, women also lose opportunities. Planned Parenthood is all for