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“there would be more abortions performed in this country if Planned Parenthood didn’t exist”

October 4, 2007

Med student blogger “Over my med body” learned a few things during his rotation through a Planned Parenthood clinic:

All the women I see in clinic are sexually active. And most are working or middle class at best by income standards (the average 2 bedroom apartment in the area runs you at least $1400 a month), most are uninsured, and most do not have another source of medical or reproductive care. And none want to get pregnant.

 

Now just take away Planned Parenthood, add in the costs to see a health care provider and pay for contraceptives, and imagine how many more of my patients would become pregnant. Keeping everything else the same, you’d find many more women in the difficult position of considering an elective termination of pregnancy.

Read more of his PP misconceptions and realizations.

Found via Kevin, MD

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  1. October 9, 2007 11:48 pm

    I agree. Anyone whose ever taken a serious look at what PP does can’t come away with anything less than an extremely positive impression of the organization. While the anti-choicers like to rail about “baby killers,” PP has probably, more than any other single organization on the planet, done more to prevent the number of abortions from being any higher than it is. It is sad, not to mention ironic, that many states have stopped funding PP in the name of not supporting “baby killing” when their withdrawal of funding for PP (and similar organizations) has had just the opposite effect.

  2. franny permalink
    October 16, 2007 2:31 pm

    So glad to hear of all the people who have been helped by PP. My daughter had a probable cancer preventive surgery through them, and I am grateful.

    And yes, they do more to prevent abortions than the majority of “Pro-life fanatics” are willing to see. Of course, I do not mean to call all pro-lifers fanatics – I do respect that concept deeply, but I also respect the choice of every individual to do what is right for them at that time and place in their life.

    However, I have been learning a lot of things about other levels of PP, and in particular, in third world countries where women are actually sterilized without consent. Yeah, I know… WHAT IS THIS? Well, there ARE many levels of all things — government; private-public and non-profit organizations; industry and corporations; and of course, the military — and we, the people, are never privy to the truth unless we work very hard to find it. And anyone who understands the way America and the rest of the world are run, which is again, not the way they make it look, but is in truth ordered by a small group of elite globalists, industrialists and military, then you may know what I am talking about.

    But yes, I do agree that PP has been very wonderful for most women and families here in the US. It is just not the same thing every where, different people running the show, and very different agendas.

    So to all the good people in PP: thank you and stay aware.

  3. October 16, 2007 2:34 pm

    Beware the HPV vaccine! It’s the first live-virus ever, and it’s causing adverse reactions in young women that are truly devastating. But incredibly, state governors are trying to mandate it. Of the hundreds of strains of HPV, the vaccine only inocculates against three of them! Look up Kathy Adams. http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2007/060207nolaw.htm
    is a good start. Remember: According to the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution, involuntary servitude shall not exist, which includes anyone telling you to take any sort of vaccine whatsoever. And finally, people used to live a very long time before vaccines, and the Amish used to have a zero-percent autism rate before the US gov started forcing them to take them. Otherwise, thank you PP!

    Lots of links, info and video available to those interested:

  4. October 16, 2007 3:41 pm

    Jerit,
    -The HPV vaccine is *not* the first live virus vaccine. The smallpox vaccine is live virus, as, IIRC, are the MMR, nasal flu vaccine, polio, and varicella.
    -Planned Parenthood is not the creator of the HPV vaccine. They simply provide it among their reproductive health services, as do many other healthcare providers.
    -No mandatory vaccination proposals have been made to my knowledge that do not include opt out provisions, and these are not restricted to religious reasons. No one is going to be forced to be vaccinated without choice in places that have recommended “mandatory” vaccination.
    -The current HPV vaccine (and one in development) only cover a handful of virus types because these are the virus types believed to be associated with most cases of virus-associated cancers. Similarly, your flu vaccine only covers ~4 strains of the influenza virus each year, based on predictions of what will be likely to cause the most harm.
    -The Amish typically have a religious exemption for vaccination, which is fairly standard, so even if they are approached about vaccination they have the right to refuse.

    Look, I’m all about getting the facts out about HPV and other reproductive health issues. There will obviously be more adverse events reported as the HPV vaccine goes into more common use – that is generally the case with most new treatments, drugs, etc. because of the difference between a relatively small study population and the size of the population that would eventually receive the intervention. I am not interested in spreading ill-informed propaganda. As noted in my comments policy, comments containing factually inaccurate information will be deleted at my discretion.

  5. October 16, 2007 3:43 pm

    Franny, are you accusing Planned Parenthood of forcibly sterilizing women without their consent in other countries? I’d like to see some evidence of such if I’m going to let that comment stand.

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