On December 3, the Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood. This decision will most likely be vetoed by Obama in office but it establishes the Senate’s opinion and opens the possibility for the next presidents. If the next president supports the Congress majority, this defunding could be a reality.
A lot of opposition comes from politicians’ objections to abortion. However, abortion services are only a small part of what the organization does. Out of the nearly 11 million services that Planned Parenthood provides, less than 330,000 were abortions (2013).
Defunding Planned Parenthood would actually impede on the other services they provide. The government money makes up about 40% of the organization’s revenue. This money is used for health services such as STI/STD testing and treatment, birth control, and cancer screening. These services are incredibly important and life-saving. Cervical cancer and breast cancer are amongst the leading causes of death; the American Cancer Society estimated more than 44,000 deaths from these cancer this year. Thanks to Planned Parenthood cancer screenings, nearly 88,000 women had their cancer or abnormalities detected early, when treatment can be more effective. The contraceptive services prevented 516,000 unplanned pregnancies, which means that fewer women feel the need to turn to abortion. Planned Parenthood STI services helped identify over 169,000 STI’s, as well as educate people on transmission and treatment.
Planned Parenthood is not an abortion factory as many people would like to believe. It is an organization that works to provide life-saving and reproductive health services and sex education. Defunding the Planned Parenthood puts hundreds of thousands of women at risk every year.