Friday, July 1, 2011

Planned Parenthood, All the Fun Facts.

In light of the recent news of Planned Parenthood (PP) locally and across the country, I thought it appropriate to have a little lesson about its origin and current action. Contrary to popular belief, PP does more then provide abortions. They are a medical organization focused on women’s and reproductive health. According to Nineteen Percent’s video less then 3% of Planned Parenthood’s provided services are abortions. “That means NINETY-SEVEN PERCENT of these services are NOT abortions. They’re things like: Birth Control and emergency contraception, STD testing and treatment, Cancer screenings, Pregnancy tests, Prenatal care and all manner of other important things that people need to maintain their health, reproductive and otherwise.”

(Thank you feministing.com for that brilliant video link).

Planned Parenthood in blogs:

Kansas Eliminating PP

Kansas Update

Victory for PP in South Dakota

Planned Parenthood Advocates (blog)


Brief History

Planned Parenthood Federation of America was founded in 1923 by Margaret Sanger who merged the Birth Control Clinic Bureau and the American Birth Control League, two organizations that she had previously founded. Their mission, as outlined on their webpage (click here!), is to provide comprehensive reproductive and health care services in settings that protect privacy and the rights of individuals; to advocate public policies that guarantee these rights and ensure access to services; to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality; and to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care. (Thanks PP website).

Fun Facts (Planned Parenthood At A Glance):

PP is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider.

84 independent local affiliates operate more than 800 health centers throughout the US.

PP provides various sexual and reproductive health care services to more then 5 MILLLION women, men, and adolescents worldwide each year.

79% of PP clients in the US are of the age 20 and older.

1 in 5 women in the US has visited a PP health center once in her life.

83% of PP clients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy.

PP services help prevent more than 612,000 unintended pregnancies each year.

PP provides nearly one million Pap tests and more than 830,000 breast exams each year. They also provide nearly 4 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

3% of all PP health services are abortion services.


Locally

Planned Parenthood has been attempting to open a health center in Auburn Hills, but is facing a great deal of backlash. There are currently no health centers in Oakland County; there are a total of 15 PP health centers in the state. Find one here!

In support of the Planned Parenthood of Auburn Hills a rally will be taking place outside the Crofoot in Pontiac on Saturday July 9th at 5pm. Following the rally, Lizz Winstead will be kicking off her Planned Parenthood, I Am Here For You tour at the Historic Eagle Theatre (next to the Crofoot).


“Join us in the fight for commonsense policies that foster the sexual and reproductive health and rights of individuals, families, and communities.” PP website

~Katie, Oakland County NOW intern

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