Brana 1Coleen BranaProfessor Rosalie PetrouskeENGL 12215 December 2019Should Planned Parenthood Continue to be FundedPlanned Parenthood annually receives about 60 million dollars consistently since 1970 from the Title X program. A program that suffices federal fund to help low-income women tremendously each year; providing services from birth control, pregnancy tests, screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and even screening for breast and cervical cancer. On the other hand, anti-abortionists have long and waited for the government to deprive the organization of federal support. The arguments lie on both sides of the spectrum: pro-life and the pro-choice. Regardless of their differences, it is ultimately what’s best for women’s (and men) healthcare.With states who receives the Title X funds in their Planned Parenthood facilities have discovered that most patients they assist chooses the organization over another clinic due to the long wait in appointments. “In states like Utah, where Planned Parenthood is the only organization receiving Title X funds, and Minnesota, where Planned Parenthood serves 90 percent of the Title X patients, those seeking care may face long waits for appointments.” (Belluck 1+) Aside from long waits for appointments, patients may also experience delay in care or worse—go without any. The Planned Parenthood organization does receive higher percentage of the Title X funds than any other group, yet it serves at least 40 percent of Title X patients. In accordance to the new Trump administration rule, clinics accepting Title X funds are allowed to talk to patients about abortion but aren’t allowed to refer patients to an abortion provider. The
Brana 2president of Planned Parenthood, Alexis McGill Johnson, accused the administration of discontinuing providing funds for Planned Parenthood due to an unethical rule that can limit what providers can inform patients, and that made it critical for the organization not to agree to be part of the program. (Belluck 1+)On April 13, 2017, after President Trump signed the H.J. Res 43 into law, House Speaker Paul Ryan released a statement that entails a victory for the pro-lifers, who until that day, the Congressional Review Act bill banned against Obama’s regulations and becomes a law. According to House Speaker Ryan, H.J. Res 43 “voids a regulation that forces states to use Title X money to fund Planned Parenthood”. He concluded with a statement that taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortion—and this lies with commitment to life and religious liberty. (States News) U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders issued a statement after Trump’s administration planned on
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