Parenthood, and that's well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does."
Except that... it's not. Not by a long shot.
Swistle gives us a more personal perspective over at her blog, and while I wasn't a married college student, back in the day I was a broke one, and Planned Parenthood's "pay what you can afford" policy and comprehensive women's health services helped me catch cervical cancer in it's earliest stages. So I'll testify that they offer far more than just abortion services—and the numbers back that up.
According to Planned Parenthood, abortions account for about 3 percent of the services they provide—that's a far cry from "well over 90 percent." Here are the services they performed in 2009:
Sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, including HIV
Cancer screening and prevention, including pap smears: 1,830,811
Pregnancy tests, care for prenatal and mid-life patients: 1,178,369
Abortion services: 332,278
Other services, including primary care: 76,977
Total patients served in 2009: 11,383,900
For the record: Kyl's right in that you don't have to go to Planned Parenthood to get your blood pressure checked. And sure, you can buy condoms and pregnancy tests at drug store chains, too. But pre-natal care, pap smears, HIV screenings, and breast-cancer exams? While there may be a Starbucks or a Walgreens on every other street in most major cities in the U.S., health care is harder to come by for many women, especially for college students and women with little income. (Also: Planned Parenthood provides vasectomy services, too. You can't get those at Walgreens, either.)
Read the rest at Shine.
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