In light of the current attack on Planned Parenthood, I thought it would be interesting to explore some of the myths out there about this organization. This recent postcard at Post Secret speaks to the reality that even women who are raised in conservative families that don't discuss sex in favor of adstinence and ignorance will eventually find themselves in need of information about their own bodies. And they will often turn to Planned Parenthood.
Myths about Planned Parenthood:
Planned Parenthood's purpose is to provide and promote abortions.
Under 5% of the organization's activities involve abortions-related services. Many of those services include referrals to other clinics for actual procedures.
There is no organization that actively promotes abortion. Women choose to have abortions based on their personal circumstances. Planned Parenthood provides information on the choices available to those women who wish to end their pregnancies - but no one promotes abortion.
Defunding Planned Parenthood will decrease the number of abortions in America.
50% of all pregnancies are unplanned. 50% of unplanned pregnancies will end in abortion. Planned Parenthood's main purpose to prevent an unwanted pregnancy prior to conception by providing information and access to contraception. Defunding a major provider of low-cost contraception will probably increase the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions - the very opposite of what this new bill intends.
Planned Parenthood uses federal funds to provide abortions.
Under the Hyde Ammendment, it is illegal to use federal funds to perform abortions. When the clinics do provide abortions the patient pays a fee and donations make up the rest.
Planned Parenthood is Evil
You can read the organization's mission statement here. Despite what you may hear from conservative politicians, Planned Parenthood cares about women. They care so much that they want women to have control over their fertility. Imagine that.
Planned Parenthood is Racist
Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood's founder, Margret Sanger, is problematic. While a great feminist, she was a eugenicist. This is true. What is not true is that the organization that exists today is a racist institution. Planned Parenthood does not target black women for abortions. Planned Parenthood doesn't target anyone for abortions. Planned Parenthood intends to make information and contraception available to all women who need it.
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