- Planned Parenthood says 3% of the services it provides are abortions.
- 327,653 abortions were performed in 2013, according to Planned Parenthood.
- Planned Parenthood says it provides sex education to 1.5 million people each year
- 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.
- reversible contraception patients (2.1 million)
- emergency contraception kits (1.4 million)
- vasectomies (4,166)
- female sterilization procedures (822)
- 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
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
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