Indianapolis, Indiana Planned Parenthood (PP) is facing severe cuts and may start shutting down clinics across their city. A new abortion funding law supported by Gov. Mitch Daniels, that took effect in May de-funded Medicaid for PP, leaving over 9,000 MEN AND WOMEN without services.
Some facts you might not know:
*One in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood health center at least once in her life
*Focus on prevention: 83 percent of our clients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy
*Provides nearly one million Pap tests and more than 830,000 breast exams each year
*ONLY 3% of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services
I'm failing to understand why an organization that does so much education and provides so many essential PREVENTIVE services, continuously undergoes such condemnation. Is it because ONE of the services they provide is abortion? You do realize they don't force you to have an abortion, right? So we punish the masses for a few individuals' decisions? And doesn't the need for preventive services for conditions (which, left untreated cost the nation millions of dollars in palliative care) supersede any moral value placed on an individual act?
Can someone who supports this de-funding measure please enlighten me?
Be healthy, (unless you're a Medicaid recipient in Indianapolis)
See the full AP article here
Planned Parenthood, June 2011