The Pros And Cons Of Planned Parenthood

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Introduction Abortion is a highly talked about issue around the world, dealing with a woman’s choice on terminating her pregnancy. As of recently, the issue of abortion has been brought to the limelight with the recent election of President Donald J. Trump. However, listening to political figures speak has caused outrage within America as several protests have taken place with abortion rights being a main topic. The Women’s March and gatherings on International Women's day were two highly publicized events where abortion was a main topic. Public opinions were shown on signs and through chants, opinions being both in support or opposed to abortion were displayed. Planned Parenthood has been discussed frequently as they supply women with abortions…show more content…
Furthermore, it is important to acknowledge the pros and cons of defunding abortion clinics throughout America. Limiting funding to Planned Parenthood would affect millions of women, not just women seeking abortions. As Frost, Frohwirth, and Purcell (2004) note, “sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment; preventive care, such as Pap tests and pelvic exams; and the information, education and counseling women and couples need to avoid unintended pregnancies and disease, and to plan for wanted children”(p. 206) are all a part of Planned Parenthood. Further, that 20 million Americans per year obtain contraceptives and 20% of that number go to a federally funded clinic to receive contraceptives (Frost, Frohwirth, and Purcell, 2004, p. 206). In actuality, the money spent on abortions by Planned Parenthood only accounts for 3% of the budget (Annas and Mariner, 2011, p. 1591). Therefore, cutting the funding towards Planned Parenthood will have substantial effects involving unwanted pregnancies, providing information to help women raise their children and health issues that women suffer. One of the most damaging effects defunding would have is on the marginalized and low-income women whose voices are often dismissed by powerful politicians. Annas and Mariner (2011) state that, “Cutting Funding to Planned Parenthood makes little health or fiscal sense, because the organization’s services are necessary for the health of millions of women who have little access to health care” (p.1591). Another study carried out by Ziegler (2012) agrees that women of low-incomes must be of priority to protect their rights and health care (p. 704). In the United States, 1.2 million abortions are performed annually and around 33% of women in their lifetimes will have an abortion (Sisson, 2015, p. 349). Studies in countries where abortion is illegal unless the mother’s life is in danger show that

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