Should the government fund Planned Parenthood? | The Tylt

Should the government fund Planned Parenthood?

As promised by Paul Ryan, the Republican replacement for Obamacare defunds Planned Parenthood (PP). The $500 million Planned Parenthood receives annually from the federal government comprises about 40 percent of nonprofit’s budget. Republicans object to Planned Parenthood because it provides abortion services. Defenders argue that the vast majority of what the organization provides is preventive health care for people in poverty. Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

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Defunding Planned Parenthood has been a long-stated goal of the GOP. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest and most visible abortion provider, and performs nearly half of legal abortions in the U.S. By defunding the organization, Paul Ryan is delivering on his promises to pro-life Republicans:

Anti-abortion activists see discrediting and defunding the organization as one of their best ways to reduce abortions in the United States.
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Defenders argue that vast majority of federal money that Planned Parenthood receives actually funds preventive health care, birth control, cancer screenings, and other women's health care services—abortion only comprises three percent of the services. With 78 percent of Planned Parenthood's patients below the poverty line, cutting funds will harm poor people who need these services the most.

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Pro-life organizations greeted the news enthusiastically, saying that this is a promise the GOP must deliver on to their constituents.

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For millions of Americans, Planned Parenthood is their only reliable source of healthcare. Supporters say defunding Planned Parenthood will not only seriously damage public health, but will actually lead to more abortions.

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Planned Parenthood's defenders argue that only a fraction of federal money goes towards abortion.

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For anti-abortion activists, no amount of money spent on abortion is acceptable.

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