Monday, September 28, 2015

Planned Parenthood

When most people think of Planned Parenthood they think of abortion, which makes them think of controversy. Understandably abortion is something people want to shy away from. Now more than ever it is a topic that has passionate supporters and opposition.

 Last week the house cast a symbolic vote to defund Planned Parenthood to “investigate” the claims that have been made and the controversial video that has been the topic on every lawmaker’s mind.

Planned Parenthood does much more than abortions. In fact, abortions take up a very small proportion of their services. Other services include: STD testing and treatment, contraception, and cancer screening and prevention. Defunding Planned Parenthood would do more than “stop abortions” it would prevent healthcare for necessary and live saving healthcare for thousands of women.

Fortunately, the bill is expected to be blocked by democrats in the Senate.

The continued efforts by the Republican Party to defund Planned Parenthood could cause the second republican-lead government shutdown in two years.

-Emma Sands