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Planned Parenthood helps low income women

Posted: January 7, 2016 5:38 p.m.
Updated: January 8, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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Katherine Wilson

There has been a lot of recent drama in the news lately regarding Planned Parenthood. The organization was accused of selling fetal tissue for profit and, despite the rumors, this accusation is not true. With the mother’s permission, Planned Parenthood donates the fetal tissue for scientific research. The organization only receives reimbursement for its expenses in processing the tissue. According to Eric Ferrero, the vice president of communications for Planned Parenthood, there is no financial benefit to either the patient or Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is most famously known for facilitating abortions. However, it irritates me this is all Planned Parenthood is known for when it only accounts for 3 percent of the organization’s services.

Planned Parenthood plays a large part in women’s healthcare. They provide sexually transmitted infection and sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, sex education, cancer screening and prevention, and contraception methods. It is ironic the organization most of America wants to shut down because of their own moral beliefs on abortion is also one of the largest organizations to help prevent unwanted pregnancy and reduce the number of abortions.

If you really want to reduce the number of abortions they perform, as well as the number of abortions performed across the country, then, I believe, you should be encouraging the government to fully fund Planned Parenthood. Give them money to educate the country about sex, contraceptives and family planning. People are far less likely to need abortions if they know how to practice safe sex.

In the United States, which I remind you is the land of the free, abortion is legal. If you do not like it -- do not do it. It is not your job to make others choices for them. American citizens are so quick to rely on laws to protect their rights, but, when it comes to women’s healthcare, it is all about morals.

(Katherine Wilson is a senior at Lugoff-Elgin High School who works on the school’s newspaper, The Pitchfork, and one of several high school columnists for the Chronicle-Independent, Camden, S.C.)

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