Did you know that one in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood health center at least once in her life? Many of these women live in low-income communities and without these centers, they would lack critical access to reproductive health and family planning services as many of them cannot afford to see a private doctor.
Each year, Planned Parenthood provides reproductive health services to 5 million women and men, yet over the past four years Congress has been trying to cut a significant amount of Planned Parenthood’s funding.
Four years ago, when the new Congress came in, they took a whack at Planned Parenthood. [They] wanted to basically eliminate the ability of millions of women to come to Planned Parenthood health centers for preventative care...for many of our patients, we’re the only health care provider they have. - Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood
Not only that, but due to recent accusations that Planned Parenthood is illegally selling aborted fetal tissue, the organization is facing a new tidal wave of pressure, scrutiny and criticism. If there has ever been a time to stand up for and stand by Planned Parenthood, that time is now.
Defunding Planned Parenthood would force women to lose access to simple services like birth control, yearly check-ups, STD testing, and prenatal care. Another thing to note is that organizations like Planned Parenthood actually prevent more than 406,000 abortions each year. People need to understand that access to these services should be a women’s right, not something decided by politicians.
The words “Planned Parenthood” and “abortion” are by no means synonymous. Yes, abortion is one of the critical services the organization offers, among a host of others. When we think of Planned Parenthood, we think of it as the sum of all of its parts, keeping in mind those services listed above. We stand by them because they offer options to millions of women and families—options those individuals have rights to.
Not everyone will agree with the stance that we take, but the bottom line is this: We won’t back down when it comes to women’s rights. And we encourage you to stand with us.
Meika Hollender, Co-Founder, Sustain Condoms