There are so many things that I have to say about Planned Parenthood, so let me start of by saying Planned Parenthood does so much for both men and women and I fully support them in spite of the recent leaked videos.
One of the biggest misconceptions about Planned Parenthood is that they only perform abortions. False. Planned Parenthood does not just perform abortions. In actuality, abortions only account for 3% of the procedures that Planned Parenthood does.
I pulled this chart directly from Planned Parenthood’s website. The largest part of this chart, 42% of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Services goes toward STI/STD Testing and Treatment. 34% goes to contraception. 11% goes to other women’s health services. 9% goes to cancer screenings and prevention. Like I said earlier, 3% goes to abortion services. The last 1% goes to other services.
The services that Planned Parenthood provide are also incredibly cheap, which is fantastic for those who can’t afford it from a primary physician, gynecologist, ect.
Though some people are against the services that Planned Parenthood provides, what has really turned even hesitant supporters away was the recent leaked videos. An anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress, posed as employees from a biotech firm armed with cameras to meet with Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research, Deborah Nucatola. In this secret and unwanted interview, Nucatola talks about how to abort a fetus, but still preserve the organs for medical research.
This video does not say specifically that they were charging for the organs, just the cost to ship the organs. The videos that Center for Medical Progress released were all edited. The videos in their entirety are twelve hours long. Sarah Kliff watched all twelve hours of the unedited tapes and summarized it very nicely in this article.
Basically, what Kliff says in her article is that it’s these “buyers” from Center for Medical Progress is pushing to buying the organs. Planned Parenthood repeatedly states that they do not see fetal tissue as a revenue stream. The only thing that seems a little fishy is when these “buyers” are talking to Mary Gatter, President of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director’s Council.
Gatter states that her clinic isn’t in it for the money, but they do negotiate over price of fetal organs. I do agree with Kliff when she says, “Still, this haggling over price shouldn’t happen if the clinic simply intends to receive reimbursement for costs associated with procuring tissue.”
As a nation, we can’t neglect to look into this matter. This whole fiasco has been investigated thoroughly and there is absolutely no evidence of anything illegal happening in Planned Parenthood. Donating aborted fetal tissues has been legal for decades, since 1988. States such as Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, and South Dakota have the option for donating aborted fetal tissue; however, in states like Kansas, there isn’t even an option to donate the aborted fetal tissue.
These tissues are rich in stem cells, which help to develop new ways to treat AIDS, spinal cord injuries, diabetes, cancer, eyesight loss, and so much more. These tissues are so important to medical advancement.
I stand with and support Planned Parenthood and I do not think that it should be defunded.