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List of Services Planned Parenthood Offers Besides Abortion

Crucial Services Planned Parenthood Provides Besides Abortion

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?

  1. Pap Smears: Can't afford a cervical cancer screening? Planned Parenthood has your back.
  2. Pregnancy Testing and Services: The organization helps women who are pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant get prenatal care.
  3. Diabetes Screening: Depending on location, you can get general health care services like diabetes screening, flu vaccines, or anemia testing at Planned Parenthood.
  4. Breast Cancer Screening: The organization provides valuable breast exams and helps women find services they might need.
  5. STD Testing, Treatment, and Prevention: Planned Parenthood provides free condoms, HPV vaccines, and STD testing and treatment.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.

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stephley stephley 5 years
Go to any PP site: there won't be equipment to do mammograms onsite, never has been. Ob/gyns don't routinely have the equipment onsite either. They refer women to imaging centers. There's nothing new or surprising about that. That you don't understand the nature of the services PP offers is not surprising, but women who have been helped through cancer treatment by PP do know. And Komen has known - this is just a new cover-your-ass-after-the-fact excuse Komen is trying to offer. The reason Komen gave at the time of the change, given in writing, to Komen staffmembers and PP, was the investigation.
pax4pax pax4pax 5 years
What about all the recorded conversations between PP operators telling women to go elsewhere for basic services, the services noted here as being provided? PP pushes abortion because they make the most money on that. They locate their stores in areas where they can the need for abortion, rather than other services is greatest. And that demand is manufactured by their locating there. PP feeds off the poorer woman's need for a financially, longer term answer.
stephley stephley 5 years
In case Grandpa moves his NY Times editorial to the right place - here are some of the problems with its claims: New York Times columnist Ross Douthat criticizes media coverage of the Komen-Planned Parenthood controversy in his latest column, The Media's Abortion Blinders. Douthat argues that media coverage decisively favored Planned Parenthood, leaving the impression that the organization was itself without controversy. Douthat, however, ignores available information that undermines his claims and that reveals his own ideological blinders regarding the abortion topic. Partially Reporting Gallup Results To prove his case, Douthat cites a recent Gallup survey, which he says shows that "[a] combined 58 percent of Americans stated that abortion should either be 'illegal in all circumstances' or 'legal in only a few circumstances.'" Douthat cites this survey in order to argue that the media coverage ignored millions of Americans who disfavor abortion. He also attempts to depict Planned Parenthood as an organization that sits outside of mainstream public opinion. The same Gallup poll, however, shows that 77 percent of Americans want abortion legal in all circumstances or legal under certain circumstances. This is so because the majority of Americans -- 51 percent -- favor abortion under certain circumstances. Only a minority of the country occupies the most extreme positions in this debate (abortion legal/illegal in all circumstances). While 21 percent want abortion illegal in all circumstances, 26 percent want it legal in all circumstances. So, more Americans favor abortion (with some restrictions) than those who do not. Also, more Americans favor unrestricted access to abortion than those who want it illegal in all cases. These numbers have remained somewhat consistent over the last two decades. Douthat Relies Upon Heavily Biased Coverage of Planned Parenthood Douthat contests Planned Parenthood's statement that abortions only constitute 3 percent of its services. To do so, he cites "conservative estimates," which he claim challenge this figure. Douthat's conservative estimates, however, come from a highly biased analysis in The Weekly Standard, a unabashedly conservative and partisan publication that was previously owned by Rupert Murdoch. The Weekly Standard article does not even dispute Planned Parenthood's statement about the breakdown of its services. Instead, it reports that revenue from abortion services constitutes a much larger share of Planned Parenthood's overall intake. Because abortion is more expensive than other services the organization provides, this result is not surprising. Still, this fact does not alter the data that Planned Parenthood presents regarding the mix of services it provides to patients. Douthat Ignores Available Information to Reach His Conclusion Douthat concludes his column with a volley of claims. He that argues that fighting breast cancer is "unifying" while abortion is "polarizing"; that the Komen decision to defund Planned Parenthood was no more "political" than the decision to fund it in the first place; and that equal numbers of Americans were "probably" angered and relieved by Komen's decision. For several reasons, Douthat's reasoning fails. While abortion is a polarizing topic, most Americans disagree with the extreme pro-life position. Furthermore, Komen made breast cancer controversial by thrusting itself into the public debate about abortion. This was unwise from a marketing standpoint. Undoubtedly, the public anger over Komen's decision led to the reversal. Also, contrary to Douthat's assertion, the Komen defunding decision was absolutely political. It follows decisions and plans by conservative states to defund Planned Parenthood. These state policies are illegal because they violate federal Medicaid rules. Also, reporting on this issue reveals that Karen Handler, the Vice President for Komen, is anti-choice. Handler ran as an anti-choice candidate in a Georgia gubernatorial election, during which she criticized Planned Parenthood. When Handler arrived at Komen, she pushed the organization to split from Planned Parenthood. Komen seized upon the fact that anti-choice House Republicans had launched a partisan "investigation" of Planned Parenthood. Komen created a rule barring the distribution of its funds to entities under federal investigation. It then used this rule to justify defunding Planned Parenthood. Komen, however, gives money to other organizations under congressional investigation. Yet, it only cut funding to Planned Parenthood. And while the federal investigation is the initial excuse Komen provides for parting with Planned Parenthood, Douthat accepts an alternative argument the Komen made up after the controversy erupted -- that it defunded Planned Parenthood because the latter did not provide many breast cancer screenings in the first place. Douthat's article omits a lot of available information on this subject. Douthat does not provide this information either because he has not thoroughly researched the topic or because he wants to ignore facts that challenge his own position.
stephley stephley 5 years
The statement is a tap dance, to try and repair the damage her original move caused. A number of Komen officials and affiliate leaders have quit over the change in policy that they saw as specifically manufactured to eliminate PP - like I said, equally applied, the policy would cost Penn State its 7.5 million dollar grant. You love to find conspiracy theories in everything President Obama is remotely connected to, you should be able to spot the troubling issues here: Ari Fleischer is a consultant with Komen, and told prospective vice presidential candidates months ago that Komen planned to drop Planned Parenthood. Karen Handel, who got the job, is a GOP politician who ran for governor of Georgia as an anti-abortion candidate. Prostitute client and GOP senator David Vitter praised Komen's action this week, claiming he urged them to do it months ago. How is this anti-abortion? Even you can do the math here.
Grandpa Grandpa 5 years
weighs = ways
Grandpa Grandpa 5 years
My guess is that Planned Parenthood will now have a difficult time getting new foundation donors, since they made it clear, once you make a grant to PP, it is forever or you will find your reputation destroyed.
Grandpa Grandpa 5 years
So you apply for a grant and the foundation ways your proposal against the other requests for grants, and then funds those they feel has the best chance of finding a cure. How is that "evil", or even pro or anti abortion?
Grandpa Grandpa 5 years
Statement from Susan G. Komen Board of Directors and Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker Friday, February 03, 2012 9:40 AM We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.   The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.   Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.   Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process.  We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.    It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics.   Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve. We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.
stephley stephley 5 years
It aids the patients in their treatment and eventual cure. One could ask questions about Komen's contribution: a lot of the companies it partners with push products that foster an unhealthy lifestyle and may contribute to cancer. They look for a cure while ignoring the cause.
Grandpa Grandpa 5 years
What does Planned parenthood contribute to the cure of cancer?
stephley stephley 5 years
What political agenda do I have versus an organization that suddenly radically changed its position on working with one affiliate based on a policy suddenly and not equally implemented? Nothing I say or do has suddenly changed, I haven't suddenly cut someone out - that was kind of a silly thing for you to say. That's what doctors say: you have a lump that needs to be checked out, here's a referral to an imaging center with radiologists. If you have cancer, your family doctor then refers you to specialists. Your doctor might help keep track of you throughout your treatment, help with questions about treatments, etc. That's what PP does for women who don't have insurance or much money to pay for help.
Grandpa Grandpa 5 years
So what does Planned parenthood do other then? " Yup, you have a lump there, here is a list of places that do mammography. Oh and good luck now"
Grandpa Grandpa 5 years
No, you are the one with a political agenda. I am merely pointing out the different focus and funding sources of Koman Foundation and Planned Parenthood.
stephley stephley 5 years
My doctor refers me to an imaging center as well, that really isn't an important issue. Radiology centers aren't likely to do the paperwork to partner with Komen for low-income patients.
stephley stephley 5 years
If you'll pull the plug on cancer detection availability to suit your political agenda, you can't be trusted with my donation. Your commitment to your personal agenda outweighs your dedication to your stated mission. For some women, what PP offers is the best they can get: obviously Komen valued it for years and only separated from PP because of politics. If the 'under investigation' criteria was the true reason, Penn State would be cut as well.
Grandpa Grandpa 5 years
Here is the official Planned parenthood site: $11 million in their budget and $747, 607 allocated to breast exams, yet they do no mammography themselves, but refer clients elsewhere.
Grandpa Grandpa 5 years
I don't get your logic there. Three decades of service to women fighting breast cancer, and having raised and distributed hundreds of millions of dollars nearly $2 billion towards that goal, means absolutely nothing to you?
stephley stephley 5 years
It most certainly does change the good Komen does: it says Komen's leadership values political agendas over women's health. The decision to end its work with PP had nothing to do with efficiency, as Komen's internal letter prove. Many of the dollars Komen would have gotten will now go directly to PP: Komen has announced to women that it cannot be trusted with women's health.
Grandpa Grandpa 5 years
Susan G. Komen is a breast cancer charity, it’s not a government agency, it’s not a state agency, it’s a private charity whose mission to to fight breast cancer. Nothing in this decision is going to change the good that Komen does. Nor would the idea that as such a charity would direct it’s funds and it’s time in the most efficient way be odd. Every dollar Komen gets comes from someone else. That they would direct such money directly to places that provide mammograms in quantity (unlike almost all Planned parenthood sites) .
stephley stephley 5 years
And thanks Annie!
stephley stephley 5 years
And it just keeps getting worse... It's within our power to stop these attacks on women's rights and needs - we cannot re-elect the same politicians who believe they know more than any woman about what her reproductive and health needs are.
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
Planned Parenthood is incredibly important in providing health care for women of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds. From undocumented women to high school students, it's a safe haven for women, and it would be a travesty if they do not win this battle.
stephley stephley 6 years
It gets worse: A fetus has been scheduled as a legislative witness in Ohio on a bill that proposes outlawing abortions after the first heartbeat can be medically detected. Faith2Action, the anti-abortion group that has targeted Ohio to pilot the measure, says the intent is to show lawmakers who will be affected by the bill, which abortion rights groups oppose. An aide to committee Chairman Lynn Wachtmann said a pregnant woman will be brought before the committee and an ultrasound image of her uterus will be projected onto a screen. The heartbeat of the fetus will be visible in color.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 6 years
Leeluvfashion :notworthy:
stephley stephley 6 years
If we cut Planned Parenthood the $$ saved could sustain the war for 3 hrs 51 mins. $75 mil for 800 clinics a yr or 4 hrs of war. :ponder:
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