planned parenthood

Originally posted on Facebook.

I want to begin this post by stating that I am not, nor have I ever been, a financial donor to or volunteer with Planned Parenthood. That said, I’ve seen a lot of misinformation about PP and abortion over the last few weeks. I’d urge you to take a moment and educate yourselves:

This week, legislators are set to vote to end federal aid to Planned Parenthood after the release of controversial videos suggesting that the organization sold fetal organs. The reality is that women who have abortions at Planned Parenthood are given an option to provide fetal tissue for medical and scientific research. Regardless of individual feelings and opinions on abortion, it is important to note that this is only done when requested by the patient.

It concerns me that Planned Parenthood may be stripped of millions of dollars in federal funding this week, under the guise of ending this practice — or worse, under the guise of decreasing the number of abortions PP performs.

ZERO federal dollars go toward funding abortion. Zero. Doing so would be in direct violation of the Hyde Amendment.

PP provides medical services for approximately 3 million individuals each year, most of whom are low-income teens and young women who would otherwise have no access to adequate health care. Approximately 3% of the services they perform are abortions. Stripping PP of federal funds would not stop abortions, nor would it stop women who are undergoing abortions from choosing to provide the fetal tissue to a third-party for research.

Eliminating federal funding would, however, decrease the number of reproductive services that the organization could provide to its patients. This includes cancer screening, HIV and STD screening, and — ironically — contraception.

If you are a woman, if you care about the women in your life, if you are a parent to a daughter, please consider contacting your U.S. legislators about the dangers of taking millions of dollars away from PP. Let them know you support millions of individuals, located in some of our country’s most impoverished neighborhoods, in their quest to receive adequate and affordable health care services.

Thanks. *steps off soap box*