Does America Need Planned Parenthood?


by Christian Stellakis on Oct 20, 2015 | Views: 126 | Score: 0

While the nature of Planned Parenthood as a provider of abortion services has caused many to view the organization with disdain, recent controversy over Planned Parenthood's use of fetal tissue has placed the organization in the spotlight. Conservatives politicians have begun a crusade to eliminate Planned Parenthood's federal funding, while liberals have rushed to defend the organization as a critical entity serving women's health care needs.

Gauging Public Opinion

Should all federal funding for Planned Parenthood be cut off? % of Americans that said...
No65
Not sure / Don't know6
Yes29
Sources: usatoday.com

Despite many Republicans' resolve for defunding Planned Parenthood, the American public is not on their side. By nearly a two-to-one margin, the vast majority of Americans are opposed to the idea of stripping Planned Parenthood of its funding. Interestingly, not even Republicans are united over the issue; only 59% support the move to defund the organization.

The Amount Of Federal Funding

Taxpayer-funded government health service grantsPrivate contributions and bequestsNon-government health services revenueOther operating revenue
Planned Parenthood's total net revenue (2012-2013)54060000031540000030500000049400000
Of total net revenue, the amount that is...
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Sources: cdn.cnsnews.com

Between 2012 and 2013, Planned Parenthood netted over 1.2 billion dollars in revenue. Despite its impressive earnings, about 45% of its total net revenue - 540.6 million dollars - can be attributed to the money gained through taxpayer-funded health care grants. Indeed, the federal government accounts for nearly half of the organizations total income, a larger percentage than the revenue it earns from the services it provides. If federal funding were to ever be cut off from Planned Parenthood, the organization would undoubtedly face a nearly insurmountable setback.

The Necessity Of Planned Parenthood?

Community Health Clinics (Federally Qualified Health Center service sites and Rural Health Clinics)Planned Parenthood
Number of health centers within the United States13540665

Although many proponents of Planned Parenthood argue that defunding the organization would be a devastating blow to the accessibility of women's health care, that claim might not be completely accurate. Planned Parenthood makes up only a small percentage of the total number of federally funded healthcare clinics available to low-income, medically under-served communities. In fact, for every Planned Parenthood center in the United States, there are twenty non-abortion providing community health clinics.

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Jacob Jedamus-Denu
Jacob Jedamus-Denu on Nov 5, 2015 10:53 AM said:

Planned Parenthood may not be a necessity for all of women's health, but defunding the organization would make it much harder for women to get abortions, which is the reason this is an issue. Making it extremely difficult for women to get an abortion seems like a fairly devastating blow to women’s health to me…