Earlier this year, in a 241-187 vote, the House approved legislation freezing Planned Parenthood's federal funding for one year, after controversy surrounding their use of fetal tissue divided the country. But while politicians argue over the ethics of using the remains of aborted babies in medical research, they forget one crucial point: Abortions are just a tiny part of what Planned Parenthood does — a mere 3 percent of services — and by law no federal money goes to abortion services anyhow. The bulk of what they do is provide basic and necessary health care to women who often have nowhere else to get it.
And now women (and some men) are taking to social media, under the hashtag #IStandWithPP, to share exactly why the institution is so important to them and their communities. Here are just a few of the reasons that people use Planned Parenthood (and none of them have to do with abortion):
The most effective way to stop an abortion before it happens is through easy access to contraception and education #StandWithPP— Siobhan Thompson (@vornietom) September 18, 2015
I #StandWithPP because women deserve quality care and factual information, not restricted access and fear-mongering.— David Melly (@david_impact) September 18, 2015
#IStandWithPP Because assistance and safe healthcare options should be available to everyone.— Joe Lodur Perez (@LodurZJ) September 18, 2015
#IStandWithPP because when I was in foster care as a teen, they were the only ones to give us health exams, education & care. Grateful. — Juanita Chang (@juanitachang) September 18, 2015
#IStandWithPP because they found my endometriosis & helped control it, making it possible for me to have a baby later in life— MommaH (@FracturCritical) September 18, 2015
#IStandWithPP because they helped me get access to preventative health services when I didn't have insurance. — AnneliseCohon (@ShiftUpwards) September 18, 2015
But don't count Planned Parenthood out just yet. "Millions of Americans rely on Planned Parenthood for birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and other critical preventive care, and nothing that politicians in Congress did today will change the fact that our doors remain open to everyone, in every part of this country, who needs high-quality, compassionate reproductive health care," said Eric Ferrero, the vice president of communications of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, in a press release.
And as you can see above, women do need it. It's not just about abortion; it's about women who need health care when there's nowhere else to turn.
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