Women in The Handmaid's Tale costume yesterday defending the reproductive and sexual health rights of women against the new healthcare bill. "The many misconceptions about Planned Parenthood empower the long assault against reproductive rights, and with Trump's promise to cut the 100-year-old health-care provider’s federal funding, correcting those myths and bolstering supporters with valuable information is more important than ever. Here’s a few things people get wrong about the US's biggest women’s health-care provider.
FALSE: Abortion is the most popular service that Planned Parenthood provides. Though some pro-lifers paint Planned Parenthood as an organization that exists for the sole purpose of blithely doling out abortions to all who walk through their doors, abortion accounts for only 3 percent of the organization’s health-care services (a statistic that conservatives claim distracts from the actual cost of abortion). The main reasons people visit a Planned Parenthood are contraceptive access (31%) and STI/STD testing and treatment (45%. More than double the number of people visited Planned Parenthood clinics in 2014 for pregnancy tests than for abortion procedures.
FALSE: PP only provides services to women. If Planned Parenthood were to be defunded, women won’t be the only ones to lose out. Depending on location, men can visit clinics for prostate, colon, and testicular cancer screenings, vasectomies, male infertility screenings, and sexual-health services, among other necessary health treatments. In 2014, Planned Parenthoods nationwide provided vasectomies to 3,445 men.
FALSE: PP is just for wealthy women, they’ll find health care elsewhere if it were to be shut down. Roughly 75 percent of PP's patients have income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, which is one enormous reason why it is essential the organization’s services not be curtailed.
FALSE: There's thousands of other clinics available to women should PP be defunded
491 counties where there are currently PP clinics, 103 of them have no other clinics where low-income patients can gain access to affordable contraceptive services, should PP’s services be drained. KayX