Do you think Planned Parenthoods should be closed down?

mailroomorder mailroomorder
With all these debates and cuts to Planned Parenthoods, I was wondering what everyone as thinking. So many people nowadays think that they are only useful for abortions and neglect to understand what their purpose really is in a community.
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Yes
8  (4%)
No
179  (95%)
I'm not really sure
2  (1%)
Total votes: 189
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04/20/2013
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Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
No way! I've been volunteering and interning at Planned Parenthood clinics for years. They're an invaluable resource to the communities they serve.
04/20/2013
bayosgirl bayosgirl
No. Many women wouldn't be able to afford exams/birth control otherwise. I strongly feel there should be more restrictions on abortion, but that is a separate issue.
04/20/2013
Ryuson Ryuson
I actually feel almost the opposite of a lot of people, then. I think that they are very important, but feel like abortions should be handled differently.

In the UK, you have to stay the night in the hospital when you get an abortion. This keeps internal bleeding and infection down, helps with the mental state of the patient, and also keeps it from being used as an 'oops' form of birth control (which I hate to say it, but some people treat it like that.)

I think that Planned Parenthood is essential, as many people don't have the resources for proper gynecological health. I feel like if PP went down, many people wouldn't be able to afford proper pregnancy testing (the sooner you find out you're pregnant, the healthier you can live to help your baby), and many people certainly wouldn't be able to get STD testing (which is an utter epidemic in the US. The more people who get tested, the less likely they are to spread it.)

They also are invaluable when it comes to birth control options. If you can't afford condoms, you certainly can't afford a baby, and they hand them out like candy. (This also helps the STD scene) They also give other birth control options out for pretty much free, which helps greatly. If you're born into poverty, you're likely to have a child very young, which keeps you from getting a good job and going to school. Offering birth control to people without insurance helps them get their lives together and get to a better place.

In total, while I don't really agree with their 'in and out' abortion stance and really like the way it's handled elsewhere, I feel like they are EXTREMELY important.
04/20/2013
bayosgirl bayosgirl
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Originally posted by Ryuson
I actually feel almost the opposite of a lot of people, then. I think that they are very important, but feel like abortions should be handled differently.

In the UK, you have to stay the night in the hospital when you get an abortion. This ... More
I didn't know that about how the UK handles abortion. I think that is very wise, for the woman's physical and also mental health.
04/20/2013
ShadowedSeductress ShadowedSeductress
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Originally posted by Ryuson
I actually feel almost the opposite of a lot of people, then. I think that they are very important, but feel like abortions should be handled differently.

In the UK, you have to stay the night in the hospital when you get an abortion. This ... More
I agree completely with this statement. Whether or not I agree with abortion isn't really important to this discussion, but I think it's terrible how quick they handle it. As Ryuson has said, the mental health of the patient is essential. If I was in a position where I felt that abortion was my ONLY option, I would want to stay somewhere and get control of my mental state before I left.

STD testing is important, and people wouldn't do it near as often if it wasn't as easy to get done. I'm not sure how it is in other states, but here in Florida they have "teen days" where a teenager can come in and talk about her birth control options without a parents consent. This is especially important for those who are sexually active, but who's parents won't allow/discuss the use of birth control.

I think it would do more harm than good (would it really do ANY good?) If Planned Parenthood were no longer an option. For many, it's their only option and opportunity to actually be responsible.
04/20/2013
purpleflower1972 purpleflower1972
PP provides vital resources to poor people. Not just abortions or condoms like most people think
04/20/2013
bayosgirl bayosgirl
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Originally posted by purpleflower1972
PP provides vital resources to poor people. Not just abortions or condoms like most people think
Not just poor people but students, working folks without insurance, etc. I admit I have used them several times for exams and they were professional and helpful.
04/20/2013
Mr. John Mr. John
Quote:
Originally posted by mailroomorder
With all these debates and cuts to Planned Parenthoods, I was wondering what everyone as thinking. So many people nowadays think that they are only useful for abortions and neglect to understand what their purpose really is in a community.
They should absolutely remain open, and continue to be funded. They provide services which are needed.
04/20/2013
chicmichiw chicmichiw
Oh a thousand times no. Planned Parenthood does amazing things and there should be more institutions like them.
04/20/2013
lilyflower lilyflower
No no no! They are very useful for many things other than abortions. I've visited one once when I was broke and I was very grateful they were there.
04/20/2013
kadelette kadelette
I think the cuts are terrible and that they should leave Planned Parenthood alone!
04/20/2013
TJtheMadHatter TJtheMadHatter
NO! Planned Parenthood is the best resource for birth control, GYNO care, STD testing, etc., that there is for those that can't afford it and don't have health care. It's become so well known and reliable that I don't think a lot of people would know where to go, if they were shut down. I say leave Planned Parenthood alone.
04/20/2013
Stagger13 Stagger13
Quote:
Originally posted by mailroomorder
With all these debates and cuts to Planned Parenthoods, I was wondering what everyone as thinking. So many people nowadays think that they are only useful for abortions and neglect to understand what their purpose really is in a community.
No...they are still a vital resource for many.
04/20/2013
bratcat bratcat
Abortions take up 3% of all planned parenthood activities, and like many abortion clinics, the procedure is only offered at certain times during designated days of the week. However, this is what most people think of when it comes to PP and cutting fundings. I think part of it is because people dont seem to realize it is illegal to use tax money to fund abortions, and PP is actually heavily funded by private companies.
Many people, men, women or otherwise, use their services since they have very affordable prices. Most of their most used services are cancer screenings, STD & STI testing as well as contraceptive methods (such as BC options as well as vasectomies).
Cutting public funding to PP will spark a rise in unwanted pregnancies as well as "back ally abortions," which will often leave the women and fetus dead. Also this means more "poor" people will be left without an affordable resource to important things such as cancer screenings and STD/STI testing, meaning there could likely be a rise is STD/STIs, HIV and AIDs among marginalized groups of people with lower incomes.
PP also helps a lot in communities spreading awareness about safe sex practices and teaching children the value and safety of these practices.

Their staff is non-judgmental and LGBTQ friendly, and for many women it's considered a safe space to get treatment or testing done. Closing or cutting public (as well as private) funding would really mess up so many communities.
04/20/2013
melissa1973 melissa1973
No it shouldn't be shut down, they provide a much needed service. Anywhere from breast exams/pap smears. care and a docter for when the baby is ready to be born (unless they're on vacation). STD testing and so on. Some communities are pretty far from a hospital so they'll want to get to a closer place to get treated.
04/20/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Nope, since they provide a wide variety of other services as well. If they were closed because of one service, it'd put a scary precedent and really hurt a lot of people who need the services they provide
04/20/2013
MrsandMrbunnysoffun MrsandMrbunnysoffun
Now a days Planned Parenthood is the onlything between young teens and desease here
04/21/2013
Beautiful-Disaster Beautiful-Disaster
DEFINITELY NOT!
04/21/2013
GONE! GONE!
No, Planned Parenthood helps a lot of people for various issues. It's not just for abortions, like other people are saying.
04/21/2013
Peggi Peggi
No way, and while there ARE cuts being made, they still offer MUCH more than abortions. I currently go there for birth control, because I am unable to afford it anymore through my regular doctor.
04/21/2013
Cosmonaut Cosmonaut
I think PP is a good thing.
04/21/2013
js250 js250
NO WAY!!! They really help those who may not otherwise be able to afford birth control and exams.
04/21/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
I think there should be more PP clinics, rather than fewer. There are no PP clinics in the county where I live, women have to go into Cook County to get PP services. Sadly, the Right has a lot of power in my county and they have blocked services to young women, students and poor women by closing down and not funding our PP clinics.

They have plenty of "Pregnancy Crisis Centers" which do no more than give you a pregnancy test, scare you with lies about abortion and lies about common and safe birth control methods, then, if you are pregnant do nothing more than tell you where to sign up for Public Aid and WIC. Ridiculous. Planned Parenthood HELPS people, these "Pregnancy Crisis Centers" do nothing but further a far Right Wing Agenda and then leave pregnant women on their own an welfare. They do NOTHING to help these poor women after their babies are born, while Planned Parenthood cares about women in all stages of their life.
04/21/2013
Gdom Gdom
Definitely not. I'd go so far as to say that there's no reasonable argument that they should be.
04/21/2013
MsDrProfKitty MsDrProfKitty
NO! PP is amazing! I've been into a few and they're an invaluable resource for sexual health and education! They're definitely not just condoms and abortions. If they get shut down, pregnancies will only go up and the ignorance that teens have about sexual health will only spread. Seriously, not enough parents/guardians give the talk and so many teens have to figure things out else where! PP is a safe and comfortable resource!
04/21/2013
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
No, they help many different backgrounds of women.
04/21/2013
spiced spiced
Geez, they should be expanding. I'm a bit surprised that 3 people voted they should be shut down.
04/21/2013
bratcat bratcat
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Originally posted by spiced
Geez, they should be expanding. I'm a bit surprised that 3 people voted they should be shut down.
Agreed! I would love to have more PPs around/in my area. Currently there are only two close to me, both of which are close to a 45 minute drive, so it's a pain to get out there sometimes (especially for my friends who go there for their BC since it's affordable and they don't have insurance). While these two clinics are in strategically placed (gentrified, "poor") areas, it can be kind of hard for others that need their services to get out there.
04/22/2013
bog bog
Quote:
Originally posted by mailroomorder
With all these debates and cuts to Planned Parenthoods, I was wondering what everyone as thinking. So many people nowadays think that they are only useful for abortions and neglect to understand what their purpose really is in a community.
Absolutely not! They are so incredibly important!
04/22/2013
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