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Letter to the editor: Planned Parenthood

October 9, 2015

The nearest Planned Parenthood to theMonmouth College campus is in Burlington Iowa, a drive that is just under 30 miles. It is a resource that provides access to contraception, to testing and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, cancer screenings and preventions, additional women’s health services and abortion services.

After the math is done, funding to Planned Parenthood allows for about $3 to be spent on each woman in the United States. Yet, there has been recent controversy and discussion about voting to defund Planned Parenthood.

The investigations and discussions are rooted in the idea that federal dollars should not fund abortions. The conservative members of congress are arguing that there are other methods and resources that will allow women to receive health services, and that will not rely on federal funding to be allocated to abortions.

They believe that Planned Parenthood can stay in existence as a resource, and that the organization can find other donors.

Planned Parenthood has stated that federal funding is not used for abortion services. They have repeatedly said this. They have repeatedly been cut down and accused of illegal maneuvers. They have been degraded by anti-choice advocates who see them only as a provider of abortion services. Abortion services are only 3% of the services provided.

I encourage Monmouth College students to take note of the current discussion revolving around Planned Parenthood and the right to choose. Planned Parenthood is a resource that exists to aid women and men who cannot afford other health care options.

Their mission states, “The mission of Planned Parenthood is to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings that preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual, to advocate public policies that guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services, to provide educational programs that enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality.” Planned Parenthood is a resource that should stay in existence, and preferably with the support of the federal government.

Shelby Miller

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