The Public Doesn’t Want You To Know This About Planned Parenthood…
Condoms, Insurance-Covered Exams, and Racism?
The existence of Planned Parenthood is a controversial topic that is often debated by people from all walks of life. I believe that Planned Parenthood offers services that people should take advantage of. Many people carry around many misconceptions that blind them from seeing the truth about this organization.
The most common misconception is that the only service offered in Planned Parenthood is abortion. Although abortion is one of the main services performed here, they also provide: sexual education, Pap tests, breast exams, and STD treatments to name a few.
Offering abortion is the primary reason that Planned Parenthood has such a bad rep. Many people that are pro-life feel the need to complain about facilities that offer this service. Just because of that, they have condemned Planned Parenthood, thus rumors and false accusations are often started.
Another common misconception about Planned Parenthood is that it is just for women. If you believed that they only offer abortions at these clinics, then you are most likely to have also believed that only women get to attend. However, that is simply not the case. Nearly 2.5 million women and men visit Planned Parenthood yearly. Add the fact that only 1 in 5 women have visited a clinic, and it’s easy to see that a lot of men have also been to a facility.
I was one of the people that believed that Planned Parenthood was only for women, but now that I know the truth I may visit one facility shortly. I invite you to also give it a try and just walk through those doors.
A HUGE misconception about Planned Parenthood is that your taxes are helping to pay for these services. It is unbelievable that people actually believe this accusation. “There’s no keep-Planned-Parenthood-running part of the federal budget.” It would actually be illegal for Planned Parenthood to be funded by taxpayer dollars because funding money for abortion is against the law.
The way that Planned Parenthood receives money is that the service is performed and then the insurance, like Medicaid, is then billed and thus PP gets reimbursed. It is just like any other medical insurance covered procedure work. It is actually scary that people will make assumptions like this because it makes it seem like they don’t actually know what their tax dollars are going towards.
A scary misconception that many people have about Planned Parenthood is that the organization is actually racist. Once upon a time, this might have actually been true, but that stigma still carries on today.
Enter Margaret Sanger. This article by Ariel Smith does a great job at explaining what you are about to read. Basically, Sanger is believed to have been a racist eugenics believer that wanted to cleanse the population of black people. Interestingly enough, she is also the “mother” of Planned Parenthood. As Ariel Smith mentions, there are however unknowns to the story, and she may have actually been a strong feminist who used the idea of racism in order to influence white men into believing her ideology that would soon be called Planned Parenthood.
However, direct quotes from Sanger like “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” make it very hard to believe that her intentions weren’t related to race.
Either way, it is widely speculated that Planned Parenthood is a racist program. Sanger tainted the reputation of this organization, and thus damned it to a life of chasing redemption. Planned Parenthood has openly said countless times that they don’t agree with Sanger’s racist views, yet people still manage to perceive them as racist.
One of the reasons why this rumor is still spread around might be because there seems to be an abundance of Planned Parenthood clinics in lower-income areas as opposed to little-to-none at areas of high-income. And since Planned Parenthood is seen by many as just a place to get abortions, then they automatically assume that PP is trying to rid the world of potential babies from black women.
Although the answer is not notably known, based on research I speculate that Planned Parenthood is widely more present in lower-income areas because they are there to help those who have little to no help. Providing the aforementioned services to those in areas where there are fewer high quality clinics is essential. I believe that Planned Parenthood sees this, and thus decided to locate more of their clinics there.
Hopefully, if you have read this far, you have a new perspective on Planned Parenthood. Much of the hatred that PP receives is unfair because much of it has been debunked. People just need to be educated about the positives that Planned Parenthood actually provides. Maybe one day you will make a trip to your nearest Planned Parenthood and discover for yourself what actually happens behind those doors.
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