Clinics around the country are persecuted by churches for their fear of allowing women the right to their own body, even though only 3% of procedures performed by Planned Parenthood are abortions according to 2013-14 annual report given by the healthcare clinic. Planned Parenthood performs many other services including STD/STI testing and treatment, contraception, cancer screening and prevention, and prenatal care for parents who are planning on bearing a child. Many religious organizations will fight to defund the clinic that helps women and men stay healthy. Planned Parenthood is one of the clinics used by low-income families to actually get help since many of their services are free.
Utah governor, Gary Herbert, wanted to defund Planned Parenthood because of recent videos showing Planned Parenthood discussing prices for fetal tissue they obtained through abortion. First, it is unconstitutional to provide unequal rights to protection and freedom of association; Governor Herbert singled out Planned Parenthood employees based on their association with an organization against whom accusations have been made of illegal conduct. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups defended Planned Parenthood and its supporters on September 29, stating "The programs carried out by plaintiff target at-risk individuals and the reduction of communicable diseases. These are strong public interests that outweigh the defendant's' stated interests in defunding" the group.
Humans are allowed to have an opinion on abortion, but not allowing Planned Parenthood to carry out its services, not only strips women of their rights to control of their own body, it takes away health care services provided to low-income families. Defunding Planned Parenthood would be devastating to the majority of americans seeing as 46.7 million people are under the poverty line and benefit greatly in the services provided by Planned Parenthood. The healthcare clinic has helped men and women treat STD’s and prevent cancer. They provide contraception so that abortion isn’t a woman's only option. Get rid of the idea that Planned Parenthood only provides abortion services by doing research of your own, instead of getting all your information from the mainstream media.