A friend of mine, fellow Sociology major, and equality advocate, gives his take on the term “pro-life” and the recent Susan G. Komen fiasco:
“I hate the label “pro-life.”
It doesn’t make sense to me.
Because of the recent uproar involving the Susan G. Komen decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood, I have seen a lot of banter back and forth between “pro-life” and “pro-choice” advocates on social media networks. Before I get into that, however, let us look real quick at the what happened this week regarding Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood has received a lot of flak, over the past few years especially, because a few of their locations provide support and assistance for women seeking abortion. Let’s make something clear, first: Planned Parenthood is an organization that has done wonders for improving the quality of life for poor Americans. Over five million Americans walk through their doors for treatment every year. Of the five million, 26% (roughly 1.3 million) of those are under the age of 19. Nearly 75% (3.75 million) of those who seek treatment with Planned Parenthood have incomes at or below 150% of the poverty level. To speak more plainly, 75% of of those helped by planned parenthood make at or less than $30,000 a year.
But what about those abortions? Well, turns out Planned Parenthood does a lot more than just abortions. Services provided at locations include contraceptives (birth control); emergency contraception; screening for breast, cervical and testicular cancers; pregnancy testing and pregnancy options counseling; testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases; comprehensive sexuality education, menopausetreatments; vasectomies, tubal ligations, and, of course, abortion.
So how many abortions do they actually perform? As demonized as this organization is, you would think it ranks in the millions. Actually, here’s a numbers breakdown from 2009:
4,009,549 contraceptive services (35% of total)
3,955,926 sexually transmitted disease services (35% of total)
1,830,811 cancer related services (16% of total)
1,178,369 pregnancy/prenatal/midlife services (10% of total)
332,278 abortion services (3% of total)
76,977 other services (1% of total)
In all, 11,383,900 services
They also annually conduct 1 million screenings for cervical cancer and 830,000 breast exams.
The realm of services provided by Planned Parenthood is astounding, and the fact that Susan G. Komen foundation pulled their funding is ridiculous. All it does is hurt those that need the help, and cannot afford it. Regardless of the abortions provided by Planned Parenthood or not, it was a stupid political stunt.”