Budget Cuts Equal Infestation
On February 18, 2011, the United States House of Representatives voted to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Terminating all federal funding for family planning will effect the population in a negative and potentially devastating way. These centers allow teenagers and low income individuals the option to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, receive breast and cervical cancer screenings, provides birth control methods, and sex education that they might not otherwise be able to access. If the Government cuts the $270 million in federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood, what will happen? Will abortion rates decrease? Where will our youth go for information about safe sex when they do not feel comfortable talking to their parents? Where will women turn for a low cost or even free Pap smear when they cannot afford one through their insurance? The most important question being what will happen in the long run if all of the funding to Planned Parenthood is eliminated?
The first reason funding should not be eliminated is that our country’s youth needs somewhere to turn for contraception when they are not comfortable going to their parents. Teenagers that choose to have sex need to have resources like Planned Parenthood available to help them to make more informed decisions about their sex life. Planned Parenthood provides various contraceptive options at no cost to children under the age of eighteen. There would be millions of additional unplanned pregnancies if teenagers covered by their parents insurance did not have the option of turning to Planned Parenthood when they make the decision to become sexually active.
Another reason it does not make sense to get rid of all federal funding to Planned Parenthood is that they provide free and low cost cancer screenings to women. Without these vital screenings many low income and uninsured women would go years without PAP smears. They also provide screening for...