What percentage of Planned Parenthood services are abortions?
Three percent. THREE percent. One little number… one HUGE argument. Zealots on one side, grasping for 300 ways to vilify. Planned Parenthood health care providers and supporters of choice, on the other. Saving lives (and millions of taxpayer’s dollars), WHILE fending off attacks over a number.
It’s a distraction. A tactic to create a useless, cyclical argument, eroding credibility and creating a shadow of doubt. It even started to work on me. The more I looked at the swirling vortex of ugly, misleading news specifically focused on the 3% statistic, I had to wonder. Should even release this PP3% design or just focus on the Nice NO Bent Hanger?
- I’m a sucker for a good design coincidence.
- It’s a conversation that needs to take place, over and over again.
- September 28, International Reproductive Rights Day is right around the corner.
I love this piece as a conversation sparker. On planes, subways, in classrooms and grocery stores. “My jewelry? Why yes, it does refer to 3% of Planned Parenthood services being abortions and 33% of what I paid for it went straight to Planned Parenthood. Three percent is the statistic according to Planned Parenthood, an organization I trust that has been providing healthcare for 100 years. You think it’s higher than 3%? Sounds great. Stats are arguable and can be sliced a billion different ways. Three, four, twelve or more? Whatever percent you think, that works great. It’s THESE numbers that matter to me…”
Nearly five million women, men, and adolescents worldwide
2.4 million women, men, and young people in the United States
One in five women in the U.S. has visited Planned Parenthood health center at least once
80 percent of patients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy.
560,000 unintended pregnancies prevented
295,000 Pap tests
320,000 breast exams
4.2 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections
650,000 HIV tests
10 million activists, supporters, and donors working for women’s health
Whatever percentage of Planned Parenthood services are abortions, they have my loyalty, appreciation, and 33% (or more) of every purchase of a PP3% jewelry. A Nice World is proud to support Planned Parenthood and to spark the 3% conversation, in order inform, connect and to get beyond it.
If you’re looking for a little more interesting reading…
One little google search will reveal top rated news organizations, right-wing conspiracy theorists, and personal blogs weighing in. Even Snopes, the myth debunking organization must specifically address whether or not Planned Parenthood ‘Teamed with Satanists to Promote Abortion Rights in Missouri?” Yep. All this and more, at your internet fingertips. Thanks for reading.
So though the fight over Planned Parenthood might be about abortion, Planned Parenthood itself isn’t about abortion. It’s primarily about contraception and reproductive health. And if Planned Parenthood loses funding, what will mainly happen is that cancer screenings and contraception and STD testing will become less available to poorer people. Folks with more money, of course, have many other ways to receive all these services, and tend to get them elsewhere already.
The fight also isn’t about cutting spending. The services Planned Parenthood provides save the federal government a lot of money. It’s somewhat cold to put it in these terms, but taxpayers end up bearing a lot of the expense for unintended pregnancies among people without the means to care for their children. The same goes for preventable cancers and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
National Public Radio (NPR) offers two sides of the story.
However, this 3 percent statistic has many critics, who point out, for example, that it doesn’t explain how much of Planned Parenthood’s revenue comes from abortion. Others note that the figure counts services provided, not patients served — and some patients receive more than one service from the organization. That means more than 3 percent of patients receive abortions.