Planned Parenthood has received federal funding since 1970, when President Nixon stated, "No American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition."
Since 1970, Planned Parenthood has been instrumental in helping poor people control the size of their families, and consequently decreasing the number of families on welfare. The organization provides the poor and others with contraceptives, pregnancy testing and care, disease testing and treatment, sex education, vasectomies, tubal ligations, counseling and abortions when needed. (The law forbids federal funding for abortions, so no federal funds are used for this purpose. Furthermore, only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood services are abortions.) Thanks to Planned Parenthood, the number of unwanted births has decreased by about half since the 1960s; consequently, Planned Parenthood is the greatest preventer of abortion in the United States. About one in five American women have used the services of Planned Parenthood, and it has become the most important and effective public health provider in the country.
Who in his right mind would want to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood? Alas, mostly today's Republicans, including Romney. Please vote to preserve Planned Parenthood and its vital services.
Gary F. Boothe, Pasco