What are people saying? How are they reacting?
Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit organization that does research into and gives advice on contraception, family planning, and reproductive problems that is mostly funded by the government. The government pays for 97 percent of what planned parenthood is all about like; STD testing, birth control, emergency contraception, HIV testing, and general health care. The other three percent is for abortions and that is actually funded by planned parenthood themselves. But what people are concerned and talking about now is questioning if planned parenthood could survive without federal funding. What is the true answer?
In an article by Kate Gibson, she tries to explain her view on things and the facts about it all. Planned Parenthood has been through a lot and has overcome a lot of negative energy and violent attacks towards what they do, but they are recently going through something that they have never dealt with before, the threatening of federal funding being taken away from them. The reason that planned parenthood started getting funding in the first place is because it was helping low income women back in the 1970 but a couple years later they took out the funding for abortions and kept the finding for everything else. Since then they have built 661 health centers that provide services to 2.5 million women and men each year. Planned Parenthood pretty much takes anything that they can get. They accept outside donations from people and also accept medicaid patients. And even though those statements may be true, like Friedrich-Karnik said in the article, if planned parenthood stops getting federally funded, “While donations are wonderful, it’s not the job of charity to provide millions of people with health care.” It’s important to know that that statement is true.
Another quote that Friedrich-Karnik makes that struck me as really important to know was, “It’s a flawed notion to think Planned Parenthood patients can go somewhere else,” said Friedrich-Karnik. “It’s one thing for politicians to attack an organization, but lawmakers are really going after low-income women and their health care.” These women really don’t have any other option because they cannot afford any other place and planned parenthood gives them the options and services that they need. Republican Joni Ernst, a U.S. Senator from Iowa however thinks differently on this statement. He thinks that state and county health departments, community health centers and hospitals should be able to give these women the help they need without planned parenthood. What he doesn’t understand is that places like the ones he listed don’t provide the same services as planned parenthood. The women get way better benefits no pay and even feel like they’re in a more secure place and safe place when they come to planned parenthood. If federal funds were to be taken away from this organization, then I don’t think it would be able to stand on its own and according to the article, they don’t think so either but it’s a long shot that it will end up getting taken away anyway because there are too many lives in danger at this point. Even though having it be taken away is still on some people’s mind, it won’t happen, at least not anytime soon.
Here are some comments that people said after reading this article:
- Every republican president’s wife has been supportive of Planned Parenthood as a concept and as an organization.
- Joni Ernst is bad for this country. She makes claims on one side of her mouth and does the opposite from the other. One day she or someone close to her will need something and it won’t be there. Karma has a way of circling back.
- I don’ think they could survive without fed funds, 88%of their funds are government funded illegal alien abortions.
- Let’s be honest. Yes, PP gives “free” (AKA taxpayer funded) services to low income women. The deal is, those free services serve PP because they build trust. When the poor woman needs an abortion, she turns to her trusted ‘friend” and shells out cash for the baby termination.
- All of this talk about women won’t get services is based on zero fact. If a woman is poor she gets financial assistance thus medical coverage. PP accepts medicare and medicaid in most instances and private medical coverage. That is no different then any other healthcare provider.