Intro to Sociology Sophia Worden April 28, 2019
Planned Parenthood Funding Planned Parenthood is a trusted healthcare provider, an educator, and an advocate. They are a non-profit organization that is partially funded by the federal government. Delivering vital reproductive healthcare, sex education, and information to women, men, and young people worldwide- for little or no cost. (Planned Parenthood; “About Us”). Many people believe that Planned Parenthood should be defunded because of the debate of abortions. But it is important to know that abortions are only a very small percentage of what they do, what the effects would be if it was defunded, the history, how federal funding of the organization works, and how the sociological theories would view the issue of defunding. When most people think of Planned Parenthood, they think abortions. This is not the case, they offer many different reproductive healthcare options such as, abortion services, abortions referral (if that clinic doesn’t offer it), birth control, emergency contraception, HIV services, LGBT services (may provide hormone therapy), pregnancy testing, STD treatment (including vaccines, testing, and treatment), cancer screenings, etc. They also offer general health care such as, but not limited to cholesterol, anemia, and thyroid screenings. Many people also have the stigma that Planned Parenthood is only for women, well this is incorrect. They offer men’s healthcare services such as services relating to erectile dysfunction, jock itch, male infertility, testicular and prostate cancer screenings, sterilization, and other health services. According to the 2017-2018 Annual Report abortions only makes up 3.4% of services provided and about 10% of its clients received an abortion (PP Annual Report 17-18). While there most provided services include STI Testing and treatment, which make up for 48.7% (PP Annual
Report 17-18). Therefore, abortions should not be what people think when Planned Parenthood is mentioned, because it makes up for a very miniscule amount of what they do/have to offer.
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