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Words by: Mackenzie Dorsey
President Donald Trump has spoken out about his personal views on Planned
Parenthood by saying, “It’s like an abortion factory, frankly.” Unbeknownst to President
Trump, Planned Parenthood offers a wide variety of services aside from abortions.
These services include cancer screenings, STD testing, birth control, emergency
contraception, and information on overall health for Americans all over the United
States. This includes those who may or may not have adequate health insurance to
cover the costs.
President Trump signed a law on April 13, 2017, permitting each state the right to
discontinue funding for facilities that provide abortion services. Planned Parenthood is
just one of more than 600 abortion clinics nationwide at risk of losing public funding.
Without organizations such as Planned Parenthood, women may face life-threatening
alternative methods in order to undergo an abortion.
Planned Parenthood’s 2016-2017 annual report showed that abortion services made up
only 3% of administered services while STI testing and treatment services made up
47%. Looking at these numbers, it is apparent that Americans are content with utilizing
their facilities to receive proper medical care.
Medical care for pregnant women is often overlooked as being one of Planned
Parenthood’s services. This is because the media is quick to cover the efforts the
organization makes for those who are not ready to have a child, as opposed to those
who choose to be pro-life. Women are able to experience a healthy pregnancy thanks to
the resources and information provided at Planned Parenthood facilities. Prenatal care
is one of the pregnancy services that is offered. Not all women can afford prenatal care
from a gynecologist, making Planned Parenthood a suitable alternative.
Many people remain uninformed of the other available health services at Planned
Parenthood because abortion tends to be their most newsworthy service. Their facilities
offer support for those within the LGBTQ+ community including information on sexual
identity and orientation which may be vital for those seeking help.
Alongside information about sexual identity, sexual education is yet another service
provided by Planned Parenthood. The information is easy to access through their
website and video series.Their website allows users to learn about reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, and birth control methods. Their website acquires over
73 million views each year.
Cancer screenings are another lesser known service offered by Planned Parenthood.
Having a safe and sterile environment is vital to those who are in need of accessible
health care. Anyone is able to schedule an appointment to be screened for various
types of cancers. These screenings save thousands of lives each year, if caught early
enough, and allow people to form a plan of action. The Cancer Survivors Network for
Planned Parenthood is a group founded by individuals whose cancer was detected at a
Planned Parenthood facility. The group offers outlets to share stories about their cancer
experiences. The main goal of the network is to openly support the facility and the
screenings they provide.
Trump’s plans to defund Planned Parenthood, due to his own personal beliefs, does not
solely defund a facility that offers safe abortions. He is defunding a facility that offers
affordable, safe, and legal general health care. Defunding Planned Parenthood will
not stop abortions; it will stop safe abortions from being performed by medical
professionals in a safe and sterile environment.
If Trump continues to support laws that defund Planned Parenthood, many Americans
risk losing access to reduced-cost health care. The American people have the right to
safe, secure, and affordable health facilities. “Planned Parenthood believes sexual and
reproductive health rights are basic rights,” and so should you.