Solus 1 Shelby Solus Professor Eliott Coyle English 130W 6 November 2019 Planned Parenthood Funding Planned Parenthood has been a huge topic of discussion recently. There has been debates going on about whether or not Planned Parenthood should be federally funded. Republicans are predominantly known to support the defunding of Planned Parenthood and with Trump being in office, he is taking steps towards doing so. Planned Parenthood is an essential part of women’s health care and health care in general and defunding it would be detrimental to a lot of people. Planned Parenthood should continue to be federally funded. Planned Parenthood has been around for over 100 years. It was founded in 1916 and started with the distribution of birth control pills. Although Planned Parenthood has evolved since then, the foundation and goal of Planned Parenthood has remained the same. According to the Planned Parenthood website, “Planned Parenthood was founded on the idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams” (Our 1). Planned Parenthood plays a very important role in women’s health care. Planned Parenthood provides a variety of services free of charge for those who cannot afford important check ups or prescriptions. For example, when reading Diana Silver’s article which is a call to action for health care providers, she explains that “ Planned Parenthood health centers provide affordable access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care services as well as accurate sexual education from highly skilled and trained clinicians and counselors. Planned Parenthood health centers also provide primary health care services, including vaccination against influenza, hepatitis, and human papillomavirus; smoking cessation counseling; anemia
Solus 2 testing; and screening for cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, and breast cancer” (Silver 1). When thinking about all these important services, it makes it apparent that if these were to be taken away, it would cause a huge discourse in healthcare for women and for everybody. To prove the discourse that this would cause, I did some research on what happened when certain states took away Planned Parenthood. According to Amanda Stevenson in her article Effect of Removal of Planned Parenthood from the Texas Women’s Health Program , “ The exclusion of Planned Parenthood affiliates from a state-funded replacement for a Medicaid fee- for-service program in Texas was associated with adverse changes in the provision of contraception. For women using injectable contraceptives, there was a reduction in the rate of contraceptive continuation and an increase in the rate of childbirth covered by Medicaid.” These
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