Please begin by completing this brief survey to highlight what you already know about Planned Parenthood!
Myths vs. Facts:
|Planned Parenthood primarily performs abortions.||Only about 3% of the services provided involve abortions.|
|Federal funds pay for abortions performed by Planned Parenthood.||Federal dollars are not used to fund abortions, as this is prohibited by law (unless the cases involve rape, incest, or endanger the mother’s life). Instead, money from private donors covers abortion service costs.|
|Birth control costs the public too much.||An IUD costs the public about 1,000 dollars, whereas a Medicaid birth costs 13,000 dollars.|
|The government is wasting money on family planning programs.||The government saves $7 in Medicaid-related costs for every dollar invested in programs like Title X.|
|Defunding Planned Parenthood will reduce abortions.||The Guttmacher Institute estimates that if funding is canceled, there would be 325,000 more abortions in just one year.|
|Planned Parenthood serves only teenagers and prostitutes.||5.2 million people benefit from the program annually. This includes both men and women of all ages.|
|Planned Parenthood is only women-focused.||Some services primarily provided for men include testicular and colon cancer screenings, as well as services combating sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.|
|Planned Parenthood’s government-funded education programs aren’t doing anything to help teenagers.||Planned Parenthood’s educational services have helped reduce teen pregnancy to a 20-year low.|
Where do Planned Parenthood’s Funds Come From?
Most funds that support Planned Parenthood come through Medicaid, which reimburses Planned Parenthood’s doctors and nurses. In addition, Title X, the nation’s family planning program, specifically provides funds that support family planning health care. Title X funds cannot be used for abortion care at all.
During the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014, Planned Parenthood affiliates received 518.4 million dollars in government funds, and another 617.4 million dollars through non-government sources, private donors and foundations, and in fees charged for its services.
What Services does Planned Parenthood Provide?
Planned Parenthood has five main categories of services: health care services, sexuality education, information services, advocacy, and international activities.
Health Care: The core of services provided by Planned Parenthood involve STD testing and treatment, contraception, and accompanying health care, education and information
Sexuality Education: Programs are provided to people of all ages that focus on more than 28 different content areas. These include AIDS/HIV, abstinence, family life education, puberty education, sexual orientation/homophobia, teenage pregnancy, women’s health, etc.
Information Services: Planned Parenthood website receive about 52 million visits a year, and in 2012, Planned Parenthood issued about 900,000 consumer health pamphlets to better educate its clients.
Advocacy: The Planned Parenthood Action Network advocates for new policies and the state and federal levels that will “advance comprehensive reproductive health care and responsible decision making.” 7 million people are involved as activists, supporters, and donors.
International Activities: Planned Parenthood builds partnerships with local partners around the world in order to increase access to sexual and reproductive health information and services. In 2012, it supported 725,000 individuals in 10 developing countries.
Planned Parenthood Services in Indianapolis:
I live in Indianapolis, Indiana, and I’m proud to say that central Indianapolis has five different Planned Parenthood centers that provide aid to over 50,000 Hoosiers in need! In 2016, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky celebrated 100 years of service, and received a total of 116,955 visits. These centers provided aid to 4,007 teenagers age 17 and younger, which highlights the number of young people in my community who rely on aid. Without this aid, high schoolers, as well as the other aid recipients of all age groups, in Indianapolis would not have easy access to healthcare and information!
Why is it Imperative the Planned Parenthood Receives Funding?
If Planned Parenthood gets defunded, millions of Americans who depend on Medicaid will lose access to healthcare, as at least 60% of Planned Parenthood patients rely on Medicaid and Title X for preventive and primary care. A lack of funding directly blocks these patients from care. While critics of Planned Parenthood may believe that ending funding will reduce the prevalence of abortions in the United States, instead the opposite will happen. The Guttmacher institute estimates that if funding is canceled, there will be an additional 900,000 unplanned pregnancies and 325,000 more abortions in just one year.
How to Get Involved!
If you’re an avid tweeter, add the hashtag #WeWontGoBack to your next post and explain why you support the important work of Planned Parenthood
In 2014, 257.4 million dollars that helped Planned Parenthood function came from private donors and foundations. You can donate to support the Planned Parenthood health centers that provide direct, accessible care to 5 million people, or to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund to help fight against political attacks and strengthen advocacy.
Join one of these organizations to speak out against hatred shown against Planned Parenthood and the deserving patients it serves! Whether it be online or in real life, find a way to make your voice heard!
Volunteer for Planned Parenthood!
Sign up to volunteer at PlannedParenthood.org
If you’re interested in political activism, volunteer with the Planned Parenthood Action Fund through PPaction.org/volunteer
Finally, if you’re in college, join Planned Parenthood Generation Action and become a leader in the movement
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- Lee, Jaeah. “Charts: This Is What Happens When You Defund Planned Parenthood.” Mother Jones. N.p., 14 Mar. 2013. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.
- Parenthood, Planned. “How Federal Funding Works at Planned Parenthood.” Planned Parenthood Action Fund. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.
- Ross, Janell. “How Planned Parenthood Actually Uses Its Federal Funding.” The Washington Post. WP Company, 04 Aug. 2015. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.
- Strickland, Ashley. “Planned Parenthood: Fast Facts and Revealing Numbers.” CNN. Cable News Network, 17 Jan. 2017. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.