Planned Parenthood receives over $300 million a year in government funding. None of that can be used on abortion services, but there's a bill in Congress right now that would deny government funding to any organization that provides abortion. If the bill passes, it could threaten Planned Parenthood's existence.
As Double X points out, eight in 10 pro-life Americans support a woman's right to access contraception, for example, and if the bill passes, there would be no organization to provide the level of noncontroversial reproductive health care now easily accessible to millions of Americans through Planned Parenthood. In fact, in 2007, abortion represented only three percent of Planned Parenthood's services. So what else would American women (and men) lose if Congress defunded it?
- Pap Smears: Can't afford a cervical cancer screening? Planned Parenthood has your back.
- Pregnancy Testing and Services: The organization helps women who are pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant get prenatal care.
- Diabetes Screening: Depending on location, you can get general health care services like diabetes screening, flu vaccines, or anemia testing at Planned Parenthood.
- Breast Cancer Screening: The organization provides valuable breast exams and helps women find services they might need.
- STD Testing, Treatment, and Prevention: Planned Parenthood provides free condoms, HPV vaccines, and STD testing and treatment.
- Male Infertility Screening and Referral: The organization offers a variety of male sexual health services, like infertility screening, testicular cancer screening, and erectile dysfunction services. Are the congressmen aware of this?
- Menopause Help: It might not make headlines like abortion services, but Planned Parenthood's health centers offer midlife services to help women deal with menopause.
Planned Parenthood's current battle with conservative lawmakers started when anti-abortion activists posed as pimps and caught Planned Parenthood workers on film giving advice about abortions for underage prostitutes. Some of the workers followed the rules, while those who didn't were fired, and the "sting" brings up the same arguments made in a typical abortion debate. But since Planned Parenthood already cannot use government funding for abortion, it's disingenuous to use that incident to defund the other noncontroversial women's health services it provides.