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    Their new war on Planned Parenthood is a perfect example. The vast majority of Planned Parenthood's services are not abortion-related. PP provides comprehensive healthcare to women. But the forced birthers have so demonized the organization that most people think it's just an abortion provider. We strip PP of its funding, and we deny low-income women pap smears and breast exams. So much for life, eh?

    "I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism." -- Sarah Palin

    by Kaili Joy Gray on Sun Jan 02, 2011 at 10:41:27 AM PST

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    •  I make this same comment every few months (1+ / 0-)
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      and it always gets props.  People understand the emotionalism behind these issues, and that we could easily manipulate this situation to our own advantage.  

      But the left never tries new thinking.  All they know how to do is react, which makes them look defensive.  It's pitiful.

    •  The Government Funds Very Little of PP (1+ / 0-)
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      Although the ratio varies from clinic to clinic and affiliate to affiliate, abortions account for less than 5% of patient visits at Planned Parenthood. That means that 95% are for family planning guidance, contraceptives, annual ob/gyn exams, STI testing, HIV testing, Pap smears, breast cancer screening, and a host of other services. Go to any PP website and look at the list of services. It's long.

      As for government funding, it accounts for a very small part of PP revenue. Many patients have private insurance, a very small percent are covered under Medicaid, many are self-pay, and in many states the state provides subsidies for those without insurance but whose household income exceeds the Medicaid ceilings. As for abortions they are relatively expensive, running around $400 but varying from state to state. Private insurance covers some, many are self-pay, and some are subsidized on a scale that depends on family income. They are NOT funded by the government, except in some states like NY.  And then, of course, most PP affiliates derive a significant part of their revenue, a part that makes everything else possible, from private donations. Private fund raising is a very important part of PP operations and vital to its survival.

      If you know where your local Planned Parenthood offices are, contact them. They welcome donations of volunteer time, in a variety of capacities, and money, no matter how small. They can always use your support.

      Planned Parenthood affiliates all operate as standalone enterprises, each paying its own way, but they all get guidance, management support, and other services from the umbrella Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Individually and collectively they also have a lobbying arm that works the corridors of legislatures from Washington to local city councils.

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