Category: Planned Parenthood
February 7, 2012 - Posted by admin to Planned Parenthood
The staff at Birth Control News would like to show our appreciation for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to continue its funding of Planned Parenthood. Amid debate about the motivations behind Komen’s choice and the turnaround reversal, we believe the more important focus is two-fold:
1. Planned Parenthood retains the funding, thus being able to provide invaluable services to those who could not otherwise access them, including breast and cervical cancer screening, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and birth control supply and information.
2. The power of the American public is clear. Not only was Komen’s decision blasted in the press, but Americans raised their voices as well by signing a petition to stand by Planned Parenthood and circulating support on Facebook, twitter and other social networking sites.
Republicans and democrat members of Congress were gridlocked in a debate over the 2012 budget for several weeks. At 11:29pm on April 8th, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released a statement announcing the end of the highly debated Federal Budget for 2012. The statement called the budget cuts “historic,” with both political parties agreeing to cut $78.5 billion from the President’s 2011 budget.
One of the most controversial proposed amendments to the budget was the Pence Amendment, which sought to cut Title X funding to Planned Parenthood. Title X provides federal funding for family planning and preventative reproductive health services for low-income individuals. Historically, this funding has saved lives through early detection of cancer, diagnosed, treated and prevented the spread
March 17, 2011 - Posted by Jenna Lee Dillon to Planned Parenthood
The Senate is currently reviewing the Pence Amendment that will decrease funding to Title X and the family planning clinics it supports across the U.S. Already passed by the House in February, this slash in funding to an already poorly supported program could make it impossible for some low-income women to access reproductive health services and family planning counseling, resulting in higher instances of cancer and unwanted childbirths.
Measures are also called for in Pence to ban Planned Parenthood from all government funding. Currently one of the biggest recipients of Title X funding is Planned Parenthood, a nationwide provider of reproductive health services, family planning, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, and counseling to low-income individuals. Title X provides the government funding to support these vital services, which