Why I’m Thankful for Planned Parenthood
November 23, 2015
Since its beginnings in 1916, Planned Parenthood has provided millions of women (and men, too) with affordable reproductive health care. The variety of services it offers is large and diverse, including breast, ovarian and cervical cancer screenings, vaginitis and yeast infection treatments, pelvic exams and many more. So, without further ado, here are three major things Planned Parenthood does that are extremely important to reproductive health care:
Planned Parenthood offers birth control at reduced prices. Without Planned Parenthood, a lot of people, including young people and people in lower-income households, wouldn’t be able to access birth control or any other reproductive health care services. Planned Parenthood also estimates that 516,000 unintended pregnancies and 217,000 abortions are prevented by its contraceptive services each year!
Planned Parenthood runs sex education programs across the country. Along with hiring health educators to spread the facts about topics like safer sex, birth control methods, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), Planned Parenthood also provides all of this information on its website so that anyone can access it. Education is the first step in preventing unplanned pregnancies and the spread of STDs. After all, how are people going to prevent something if they don’t know how?
Planned Parenthood provides STD testing and treatment. In fact, 42 percent of its services are STD tests and treatments. And while there is often a lot of media attention placed on Planned Parenthood’s abortion services, abortion only makes up about three percent of its total health services.
While anti-choice groups have recently caused a stir by accusing Planned Parenthood of profiting from the sale of aborted fetus parts, investigations have repeatedly shown no wrongdoing on Planned Parenthood’s part and discredited these accusations. It’s a shame that this may have cast a shadow on all the good work the organization does, but Planned Parenthood shows no sign of ending its long streak of great work, which is something to truly be grateful for.
Why are you thankful for Planned Parenthood? Leave a comment and tell us below!