This handy primer comes courtesy of the folks at Planned Parenthood themselves:
- Over 800 Planned Parenthood health centers provide primary and preventive care to millions of women, men and teens every year: lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, annual exams, birth control, HIV testing, STI testing and treatment. These services account for 97% Planned Parenthood’s work.
- Certain federal funding streams – Medicaid (reimbursement for services), Title X family planning funding and related 340B drug pricing (loosely speaking, funding for supplies and education) – make Planned Parenthood an affordable, safety-net provider for millions who would otherwise forgo primary and preventive care (which costs all of us more in the long run). This funding is what Friday’s vote would bar.
- This funding has nothing to do with abortion: legislation has prohibited federal dollars funding abortion since most of us were children. Abortion accounts for 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services. And yet, of course, it has everything to do with abortion: the same people who say they are opposed to abortion are putting massive effort into undermining delivery of vital education and resources that help prevent the need for it.