Defunding Planned Parenthood is a terrible lack of foresight

By defunding Planned Parenthood, thousands of Americans will lose an extremely beneficial health resource.


by Audrey Carroll, Managing Editor of Web

Health care in this country is hard to pay for; that’s no secret. Legislation such as the Affordable Care Act tries to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for Americans, but many are still left without benefits.  Planned Parenthood is an organization that provides health care, sex education, and many other services and resources for those who cannot afford it.

The health care Planned Parenthood provides falls anywhere between routine exams to abortion. Planned Parenthood’s public accessibility to abortion angers many citizens and politicians whose religion recognizes abortion as sinful. Because of these religious beliefs, many currently want to defund Planned Parenthood. Defunding an organization for their actions against personal beliefs is one thing, but defunding an institution that provides affordable and quality healthcare to low-income men and women is just selfish and immoral.

Planned Parenthood does so much more than offer abortion services. They offer examinations, STD and AIDS testing, cancer screening, counseling and lots of other programs to help people in the community. In fact, abortion is the least used service at Planned Parenthood. And, true, most of Planned Parenthood’s funding comes from the national government (a.k.a. taxpayer money a.k.a. some religious people don’t think they should have to pay taxes to fund this), the funding partly comes through Title X, a family planning program which does not allow funds to be spent on abortion.

Taking away funds from Planned Parenthood would result in more people left without a way to receive necessary health care. There would be even less HIV education and testing than there is now. Women would have to take unsafe measures to get an abortion from an unqualified individual. More women would develop breast cancer as a result of no accessible mammography service. Also, most of the same politicians who plan to defund Planned Parenthood want to repeal the Affordable Care Act as well. How are women, and people in general, going to be able to receive care at all when there are absolutely no resources for them?

Planned Parenthood is bigger than just an abortion clinic. Lawmakers and American citizens need to further research Planned Parenthood and their services before deciding to defund it completely. If there are unfixable issues within the organization, they either need to be fixed or an alternative solution needs to be offered. Programs for those who cannot afford healthcare are unfortunately extremely necessary in our country. Defunding the largest program, Planned Parenthood, would not end well at all if no other program is made accessible.  I will not stand idly by while my colleagues, coworkers and fellow citizens are being stripped of their dignity and health without a choice.