there were 1,048 federally qualified health centers in the U.S. which provide women cancer screening, contraception, and STI testing.” (-defund-planned-parenthood-now). This statistic is used to show that Planned Parenthood is not the only clinic out there that aims to provide affordable healthcare to low-income communities. There are other options throughout the United States that do not provide or support abortion services, and this is what is the most appealing to the people who are for defunding Planned Parenthood. Opposed to The BillThe opposing side brings out various arguments against the bill to defund Planned Parenthood as well. The first key point in the debate being that for the last 100 years, Planned Parenthood has set out to provide affordable healthcare to those in need of it. The people on this side of the argument state that this organization offers people, women, a choice. It allows people
to choose when and under what circumstances they want to be parents. Planned Parenthood has been one of the biggest providers of family planning services in the United States. This does not always mean by preaching abortion. Planned Parenthood is more than that. In 2013, abortions only accounted for 3 percent of the total 10.6 million services provided by Planned Parenthood that year. (). The other services Planned Parenthood provides women (and men) include: STI/STD testing and treatment, contraception, cancer screening and prevention, and other women’s services such as pregnancy tests and prenatal services. ().Not only would defunding this organization take away a resource to affordable healthcare, it would be taking away sexual education and family planning for young women who are naive to these topics. This leads to the next key point for this side of the debate.Prevention. Planned Parenthood focuses much of what they do on prevention. This rangesfrom preventing unwanted/teen pregnancies to preventing breast cancer. Planned Parenthood is a great resource for young women who are sexually active but have no one to go to for the reality of the possible consequences. This organization provides these young women with access to contraceptives and talks to them about how to properly use them, while answering any questions they may have. Teen pregnancy is something that has been on the rise in past years and preventing these pregnancies could be as simple as providing more sexual education, and that is what Planned Parenthood strives to do. The main goal of Planned Parenthood is not to advocate for abortions as a method of birth control, but to help women find a safe way to avoid needing abortion services in the first place. Planned Parenthood also offers adoption referrals for any women who would not want an abortion.
The other way Planned Parenthood acts on prevention is towards cancer. Planned Parenthood offers a variety of services to screen for or prevent cancer. These services include Pap tests, HPV vaccinations, breast exams/care, colposcopy exams, etc. These services can be lifesaving, and with Planned Parenthood, they are also very accessible and affordable. An article
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