a right to be expressed, but not at the expense of other’s rights. Since the opening of the firstPlanned Parenthood people have shamed the women seeking an abortion and the professionalswho specialize in providing safe abortions. This stigma can potentially limit women's rights bylimiting the options they have available to them, because of how this stigma influences thedevelopment of laws. The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017 can potentially prohibit theavailability of funds to Planned Parenthood unless they abide to the conditions. The new law
Pineda Vazquez 5would only permit clinics to provide the service of abortion to women who are rape victims, ifthe child is the product of incest, or if the pregnancy physically endangers the women’s life(Black). This bill is in the first stages of the legislative process and has been introduced to thecongress (“GovTrack”). Laws that Threaten Planned ParenthoodThe Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017 was proposed in Tennessee and willprohibit Planned Parenthood from providing the service of abortion and this will complicate andstrip women of the right to have access to abortion in case of an unwanted pregnancy. This law isunfair because Planned Parenthood doesn’t use federal funding for abortion; the cost of abortionis covered by private donation. The law states that in order to receive federal funding they haveto stop providing this service for a year regardless if the money used for this procedure is fromprivate donations. This Act of 2017 puts Planned Parenthood in a tough situation. If this billpasses they won’t be able to provide assistance in terminating a pregnancy. If they decline thefederal funding less people will have access to all the other services they provide, such ascontraceptives. If women are neglected of the right to have access to services which assist incontrolling their fertility, the consequences will be more unwanted pregnancies and self-inflictedabortions. Planned Parenthood would be left with no option, but to accept the funding andprovide abortions services only for the conditions stated by the bill. The Act of 2017 wouldgreatly impact women’s right to have access to Planned Parenthood which would provide fullsupport to women who have an unwanted pregnancy. This would result in Planned Parenthoodnot having the funds necessary to provide services that many of these women who are financiallyat a disadvantage only have access to these clinics.
Pineda Vazquez 6Financial ImplicationsDefunding Planned Parenthood is a problem that affects everyone because the federalfunding that is used towards aiding women in raising child who are the result of an unplannedpregnancies is greater than the cost of funding Planned Parenthood. Women are already at adisadvantage in America in many aspects including the pay gap between men and women. TheUnited States ranks 10thworst and most dangerous place to be a woman (Coby Jones). The agegroup mostly likely to have an unwanted pregnancy are women from a low-income background