On April 8, 2011, the United States Federal Government nearly shut down because the Democrats and Republicans were struggling to agree upon, among other issues, what to do with Planned Parenthood. The Republicans wanted to stop federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which clearly shows “that they simply don’t care about the health and safety of American women (Planned Parenthood).” The Democrats strongly support Planned Parenthood and were not willing to accept the Republican’s proposal. However, the Republicans did not care whether a shut down could occur or create tensions in the government. A federal shut down would only make matter worse especially during this time because of issues already going on in America and around the world.
To avoid the shut down, both parties were able to come to an agreement, which is cutting $370 million of funding for Planned Parenthood. With less funding, Planned Parenthood will be destroyed because they need money in order to provide medical care for many patients who otherwise would not get medical services when they are needed. To prevent unwanted births from increasing and to respect women’s right to have birth control and prenatal care, the government should support and continue to fund Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger in 1916 and became the first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York. However, during this time, women did not have the same rights and respect as women today because they were not allowed to vote, get divorced, or own a company. With these controversies about women’s rights, the spread of birth control was not accepted, but Sanger kept fighting until the public accepted and realized the benefits of birth control. Her hard work continues to grow today with the increasing number of patients and clinics. The mission of Planned Parenthood is “providing contraception and other health services to women and men, funding research on birth control and education specialist and the public about the results, and advancing access to family planning the Unites States and around the world (Planned Parenthood).” Planned Parenthood shows concern for women’s health and wants to make medical care accessible for everyone, even the poor.
The first argument for supporting Planned Parenthood is that it provides women with other health services and not just birth control or abortion. Without these services, women’s health will decline because many people can afford treatment. “Every year, Planned Parenthood’s doctors and nurses provide more than 3 million women with preventive health care, including nearly one million lifesaving screenings for cervical cancer, 830,000 breast exams, contraception to nearly 2.5 million patients and nearly four million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Literally, they are a trusted health care provider to millions of women (Whitman).” The statistic proves that Planned Parenthood does...