Planned Parenthood: 97 percent abortion free

By Carmen Herrera

Addressing the ongoing debate on whether or not to remove funding from Planned Parenthood, Arizona Senator Jon Kyl (R) said: “If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood. And that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.”
In actuality, only 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides are for abortions, according to the organization’s website. Kyl got it seriously wrong. 

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, said that “97 percent of the health care Planned Parenthood provides is preventive, and every federal dollar Planned Parenthood receives goes toward providing preventive health care to women.”

Though the controversy surrounds abortions, Planned Parenthood is a health care provider that offers important health care services like pelvic exams, breast cancer screenings and prenatal care and treatments.

Though increasingly popular with women, they are not the only recipients of Planned Parenthood services. Men also use the services such as testicular exams, screening for cancer and STD prevention and treatment.

Truthfully, I do not support abortion and find it to be a dehumanizing thing.

However, looking at a broader view, I can’t overlook that only a small percentage of Planned Parenthood services are for abortion.

“Though the fight over Planned Parenthood might be about abortion, Planned Parenthood itself isn’t about abortion,” reported Ezra Klein of the Washington Post. “It’s primarily about contraception and reproductive health.”

Shutting down the other 97 percent of Planned Parenthood will not be a wise choice because many people are in need of affordable health care and are in need of providers like these.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) stated that “75 percent of Planned Parenthood’s 3 million patients who depend on the group’s clinics for basic health care live at or below the poverty level.”

The underlining truth is that Planned Parenthood does not offer “90 percent” of their services towards abortion.

Even Kyl backtracked and claimed his remark was “not intended to be a factual statement.”

“I misspoke when I said what I said on the floor,” said Kyl. He continued, “That was not me – that was my press person.” This still hasn’t stopped comedians like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert ripping apart the Senator for his misinformation.

Federal funding does not go towards services like abortion, unless it deals with a life-threatening situation and accounts for .0083 percent of the entire federal budget, according to MSNBC.

“House Republicans had sought to ban the use of federal funds for Planned Parenthood because the organization provides abortions, although federal law already prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for most abortions,” reports James Rowley of Bloomberg.com.

Reducing 97 percent of funding for Planned Parenthood may remove all the resources that millions of people who don’t receive abortions, rely on.

I do support pro-life advocates like Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), who said he believes it’s “morally wrong to have taxpayer dollars…go towards organizations that provide abortions.”

However it does not mean that other important and necessary medical services for pregnancy, STDs, cancer and diabetes should have their funds cut.


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