Here, for your edification, are the other services Planned Parenthood provides:
General health care services vary by location. They may include
physical exams, including for employment and sports
help with quitting smoking
high blood pressure screening
Planned Parenthood health centers also offer sexual and reproductive health services.
I am saddened and disappointed that the Susan G. Komen Foundation has elected to pull their funding for breast cancer screening from Planned Parenthood.
And here’s the thing: I’ve never (fortunately) been in the position to have to make the choice to have or not have an abortion. But I don’t want to be told I can’t make up my own mind. I’ve also always been fortunate enough (thus far) to have health insurance, and a lot of it. Plenty of my friends have not, however, and they have relied on Planned Parenthood for healthcare that they otherwise would not have been able to have.
Breast cancer knows no demographics, and it will not wait until a woman (or man) can afford to have a mammogram ($143 at the Doris Shaheen Breast Center) or an ultrasound ($520 for both breasts, also at the Doris).
I do appreciate the strides made in saving the lives of those with breast cancer. I also appreciate heroes at Planned Parenthood who help people every single day in ordinary ways.
Henceforth, my money will be going directly to Planned Parenthood.