— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) August 4, 2015
Anti-abortion extremists have failed to sway public and political opinions about the benefits of having the federal government fund Planned Parenthood. The US’s Republican controlled Senate voted Monday not to defund the non-profit organization, which provides reproductive, maternal and child services to almost 3 million annually.
Why? Because facts.
Lets re-cap on what occurred throughout this idealogical attack on Planned Parenthood:
Basically, anti-abortion activist David Daleiden’s Center for Medical Program, which some say is a a fake organization, decided to “infiltrate” Planned Parenthood and tape secret videos without anyone’s consent, the New York Times reports. You can hear more about their alleged shady dealings in this New York Times editorial.
Daleiden’s claims that Planned Parenthood is selling aborted fetus tissue for profit and that his video is uncovering a major scandal.
Planned Parenthood legally donates fetal tissue with the pregnant woman’s permission, but does not profit from the process. This service is only offered at some Planned Parenthood locations.
The organization is only reimbursed for costs associated making the donation, and the tissues is used for medical research to find treatment and cures for Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome and other diseases. According to US News and World Report, the National Institutes of Health spent $76 million on human fetal issue research last year.
So, basically everything they were doing was legal.
However, Planned Parenthood’s website was hacked shortly after by what the organization refers to as “extremists” who presented a “new low for anti-abortion extremists,” CNN.com reports. Despite all these facts dozens of conservative political figures began to call for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and passed the measure in the House of Representatives.
So, New York’s Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand came to Planned Parenthood’s defense with FACTS! Here she is slaying a Senate session all over the place with lots of facts:
Her speech is TRULY moving and we currently have a Senator-lady crush on her because of it.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the facts some conservatives and anti-abortionists chose to ignore:
- Abortions are ONLY federally funded in extreme cases, like rape and incest … BOOM Fact
- Only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s work is related to abortion, 97 percent of their work goes toward preventative health measures, like contraceptives, STD tests, breast exams, cancer screenings, sex education, as well as adoption referrals and immunizations … BOOM Fact
- Abortion rates are at their lowest in 40 years, and this is attributed to access to contraceptives
- Planned Parenthood receives $500 million in federal funding, which accounts for 41 percent of their revenue
Need more facts? Check out this article by CNN or check out Planned Parenthood’s annual report below:
Westchester Woman is thankful that our Senators are influenced by facts and grateful for those working to make them known.