Lately I have been hearing a lot about Planned Parenthood and it has been all over the news and has been brought up by many politions. This controversy seems to revolve around the abortion debate. People who are anti-abortion complain that they don’t want their tax money going towards paying for abortions. Planned Parenthood does provide abortions, however, the federal funding that is awarded to Planned Parenthood is not used for abortion services.
This article explains why shutting down essential health facilities is not a good idea. In Scott County, Indiana, the Planned Parenthood was strategically forced to close due to funding cuts. This has happened to three other Planned Parenthood clinics in the state as well. As the author of this paper says “Those cuts came amid a national and local political campaign to demonize the health care provider.” Politicians have been restricting women’s rights to dictate what they can or cannot do with their own bodies as well as impede the fundamental rights of the citizens of Scott County to seek health care. This clinic didn’t even provide abortion services! Scott County and other parts of Indiana are now facing the consequences of shutting down the STI clinics; they have an HIV outbreak.
What happens if Planned Parenthood funding is cut down on the federal level?
Bassett, Laura. “Indiana Shut Down Its Rural Planned Parenthood Clinics And Got An HIV Outbreak.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 22 Sept. 2015. Web. 30 Sept. 2015. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/31/indiana-planned-parenthood_n_6977232.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013>.