What is Planned Parenthood? Why is planned parenthood is important for us ?

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What is Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood, is a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health services both in the United States and globally. A member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), PPFA has its roots in Brooklyn, New York, where Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in 1916. Sanger founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, which changed its name to Planned Parenthood in 1942.
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What services does Planned Parenthood offer?
According to organization, these are how their services break down:
  • Planned Parenthood says 3% of the services it provides are abortions.
  • 327,653 abortions were performed in 2013, according to Planned Parenthood.
Sexual Education
  • Planned Parenthood says it provides sex education to 1.5 million people each year
Pregnancy Prevention and Birth Control
  • Planned Parenthood says it prevents an estimated 516,000 unintended pregnancies per year
  • Contraception accounted for 34% of the services it provided, according to a GAO report released in March that looks at data from 2010 through 2012.
Further breakdown:
  • reversible contraception patients (2.1 million)
  • emergency contraception kits (1.4 million)
  • vasectomies (4,166)
  • female sterilization procedures (822)
Pregnancy tests — 1.1 million tests done in 2013
Prenatal care — provided to 18,684 people in 2013
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  • Planned Parenthood say this accounts for 42% of the services provided. (The GAO calculates 41% in 2012 by affiliates)
  • 4.5 million tests and treatments provided in 2013.
  • This represents the largest proportion of medical services provided
Pap smears (cervical cancer screening) — 400,000 per year
Breast exams — 500,000 per year


                   Image result for Planned Parenthood             Origins

The origins of Planned Parenthood date to October 16, 1916, when Margaret Sanger, her sister Ethel Byrne, and Fania Mindell opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. in the Brownsville section of the New York borough of Brooklyn.They distributed birth control, birth control advice, and birth control information. All three women were arrestedand jailed for violating provisions of the Comstock Act, accused of distributing obscene materials at the clinic. The so-called Brownsville trials brought national attention and support to their cause. Sanger and her co-defendants were convicted on misdemeanor charges, which they appealed through two subsequent appeals courts. While the convictions were not overturned, the judge who issued the final ruling also modified the law to permit physician-prescribed birth control. The women’s campaign led to major changes in the laws governing birth control and sex education in the United States.

Both Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger are strongly associated with the abortion issue today. For much of the organization’s history, however, and throughout Sanger’s life, abortion was illegal in the United States, and discussions of the issue were often censored.During this period, Sanger – like other American advocates of birth control – publicly condemned abortion, arguing that it would not be needed if every woman had access to birth control.


Margaret Sanger Awards

In 1966 PPFA began awarding the Margaret Sanger Award annually to honor, in their words, “individuals of distinction in recognition of excellence and leadership in furthering reproductive health and reproductive rights”. In the first year, it was awarded to four men, Carl G. Hartman, William H. Draper, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Later recipients have included John D. Rockefeller III, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Fonda, Hillary Clinton, and Ted Turner.

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 visit  this website: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/