8 Services That Planned Parenthood Provides That Are NOT Abortions
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8 Services That Planned Parenthood Provides That Are NOT Abortions

Abortion aside, Planned Parenthood does some pretty awesome things.

8 Services That Planned Parenthood Provides That Are NOT Abortions
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With the upcoming election, the conversation of whether or not Planned Parenthood should be defunded has resurfaced. As I scroll through pro-life and pro-defunding Planned Parenthood posts, I notice there's a commonality between most of them. They all seem to be focusing on the idea that Planned Parenthood does provide some abortions while ignoring the fact that they also provide hundreds of other services.

So, to hopefully clear things up for those who believe that Planned Parenthood is no good just because they supply abortions, I decided to do some research to show just how many other services it provides, most of which are actually aimed at preventing pregnancy so that no abortion would be needed.

Here are eight services that Planned Parenthood provides that are NOT abortion-related.

1. STD testing, treatment, and vaccines

In 2018 alone, Planned Parenthood provided more than 4.4 million STD tests and treatment, including more than 700,000 HIV tests. That means Planned Parenthood's services potentially stopped more than 4 million people from spreading their STDs or experiencing harmful conditions that can result from untreated STDs.

2. Birth control information and services

Last year, Planned Parenthood gave almost 2 million clients reversible contraception (i.e. IUD, depo, and Nexplanon), provided nearly 600,000 emergency contraception kits (i.e. Plan-B), and an estimated near 393,000 unintended pregnancies were stopped through these methods.

3. LGBTQ services

A lot of times LGBTQ members don't feel comfortable talking to their regular doctor about gender identity or sexual orientation related health issues. This is where Planned Parenthood comes in. It provides hormone therapy, support groups, service referrals, and education and resources to those seeking it in the LGBTQ community.

4. Breast exams & pap tests

Planned Parenthood provided slightly over 265,000 breast exams and 255,682 Pap tests in the 2018-2019 year, with more than 70,000 women's cancer being detected early or had abnormalities identified.

5. Sex education

Whether you like it or not, sex education is very important. That's why last year, Planned Parenthood reached 1.2 million people through in-person sex education and over 744,000 people on its anonymous sexual health and information chatbot app.

6. Men's health services

Yes, men are welcomed and even encouraged to come to Planned Parenthood as well. It provides men with information and services regarding erectile dysfunction, male infertility, premature ejaculation, testicular and prostate cancer screenings, and STD checking and birth control methods like women.

7. Pregnancy testing and services

Just in 2018, they gave 1.07 million pregnancy tests, nearly 10,000 prenatal services, and 2,236 miscarriage care services. That's a lot of women being given access to affordable care that they might not have gotten otherwise.

8. General healthcare

Planned Parenthood doesn't just have services that revolve around reproductive health. During 2018-2019, it supplied more than 34,000 family practice services including diagnosing and treating almost 40,000 UTI's and giving nearly 17,000 colonoscopies.

And, if all of that wasn't enough to make you realize that we shouldn't defund Planned Parenthood — remember that only roughly 4% of its services are actually abortions and no government funding is allowed to be used for that. So, maybe you should ask yourself: why would we defund it?

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