The Arguments

These three articles discussed below argue my research question, strengthen and reaffirm my views on why the government should fund Planned Parenthood.

In the journal article, “Planned Parenthood And The Next Generation Of Feminist Activists,” Dawn Laguens argue that despite the belief that millennials are not as active in important causes such as the feminist movement or their thoughts on abortion rights, the younger generation is more involved than many people believe. Laguens reminds the reader of the significant role Planned Parenthood has played in the lives of many young women, as well as the negative effects that would transpire due to defunding Planned Parenthood. Laguens insist that the problem is not that millennials have a limited understanding of these issues but the problem is the method of communication. Laguens advocates that society should strengthen these feminists beliefs. I agree that it is important for the younger generation to fully grasp the issues surrounding women’s rights because, in my personal experience, lack of communication regarding these issues reduces the importance of why these issues are relevant to women. 

In this journal article, “Anti-Abortion Groups Target Funding of Planned Parenthood,” Sharmila Devi reports of the various strategies used by anti-abortion groups of terminating the Planned Parenthood organization. Devi discusses the heavily falsified and graphic video, released by David Daleiden, the leader of the anti-abortion group, Center for Medical Progress (CMP), claims that Planned Parenthood is conducting illegal acts, altering abortions and selling fetal tissue for profits.Center for Medical Progress, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the Charlotte Lozier Institute claim that if Planned Parenthood was defunded, there are health centers that are able to provide services to lower-income women, however, Sara Rosenbaum, a professor of health law and policy at George Washington University argue that the situation would be dire if there are millions of women will have to wait or travel to other states in order to receive care. Rosenbaum claims that most health centers are currently unable to provide medical assistance to many communities, and it would be nearly impossible to provide care for these women if there is an abrupt change. The anti-abortion groups may be right on the statement that there are other ways for women to receive health care, but Planned Parenthood provides services to millions of people who cannot afford them at a regular hospital. Currently, many health clinics lack enough resources and are unable to provide various services to millions of lower income people.  

In the journal article, “Planned Parenthood At Risk,” from the New England Journal of Medicine, George P. Topulos, M.D., Michael F. Greene, M.D., and Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D., report that Planned Parenthood is under attack by anti-abortion groups. This article was released in September 2015 when a fabricated video surfaced showing the organization’s misuse of fetal tissue donations. Topulos et al. acknowledge Planned Parenthood for following ethical guidelines and support the utilization of fetal tissue that was donated by women in order to medical purposes. The authors also praise the organization’s endeavor to help not only millions of women but also a number men across the United States. Those unfamiliar with this school of thought may be interested to know that it basically boils down to the fact that Planned Parenthood does not have an insidious motive and the organization’s primary goal is to provide women and men with basic healthcare needs. 

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Women of the World Unite. Image via Google.

 

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Why Planned Parenthood?

infographicThe infographic I have created is about Planned Parenthood and how it has significantly affected millions of men and women. In my infographic, I attempt to persuade my audience on why it would be valuable to support Planned Parenthood. The purpose of my infographic is to provide a timeline of some of the most well-known historical events, as well as significant achievements of Planned Parenthood and for women’s reproductive rights. In the infographic, I focus on the most imperative information, such as Planned Parenthood’s sources of funds and how it is distributed to provide various services to millions of people throughout the United States.

One way the infographic achieves its purpose is by providing reliable information gathered from various sources such as the primary Planned Parenthood website, and the organizations secondary websites: I Stand With Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood Action. The Planned Parenthood websites provide annual reports, timelines of important historical events, and various data that lists all of the organization’s services provided to men and women in rural and underserved areas. I utilized information from two peer-reviewed articles published in the Guttmacher Institute. The journal article, “The Impact of Government Programs on Reproductive Health Disparities: Three Case Studies” by Heather D. Boonstra provides charts and graphs that convey the trends in abortion cases, the use of contraceptives over the years and how the government programs such as Medicaid’s changing policies has affected many women and families. In the journal article, “Abortion and Women of Color: The Bigger Picture” by Susan A. Cohen provides graphs and charts on how it is mostly lower income women and women of color who are more likely to have abortions than Caucasian women. The article, “How the Hyde Amendment Discriminates Against Poor Women and Women of Color,” published in the Center For American Progress by Jessica Arons and Lindsay Rosenthal lists the effects of the Hyde Amendment, and provides statistics on many topics such as the number of women in reproductive age who rely solely on Medicaid to pay for their health coverage.

In order to create my infographic, I chose a particular format that is easy to follow and provides all of the necessary information to help the audience better understand why Planned Parenthood is crucial for millions of men, women and families throughout the United States. In the infographic, I included a timeline of important events of Planned Parenthood, different court cases on women’s right to abortion and contraceptives. I chose the specific color palette and the different font styles precisely because I wanted these elements to correlate with the significance of each particular topic covered in the infographic. For example, I used the color red to highlight various attacks abortion clinics, as well as people in certain states. These rhetorical strategies allowed me to convey my argument and my position without using a vast amount of words.

Piktochart is an excellent and creative tool used to create visual representations of information on different topics. However, at first, I found the tool to be overwhelming but with time and practice, it allowed me to gather all of my ideas and present them using the creative resources provided by Piktochart. All of the information and data provided are crucial for my infographic, and for the audience because I think it is important that people are informed about the historical cases and conflicts that were significant in women’s right to choose and in the development of Planned Parenthood. I wanted to persuade the audience on the role Planned Parenthood plays in the lives of millions of people. The purpose of this infographic was to visually represent information using the least possible amount of words to keep the audience engaged and effortlessly acquire knowledge on various topics.

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For my infographic, I want to present the audience with the necessary information that is informative or even persuasive that will further boast my argument. The infograph will be straightforward, clear and concise. The articles provide statistics of women’s health issues that have yet to see a change.

The article, The Demographic Of Abortion: It’s Not What You Think published in the American Prospect, by Amanda Marcotte explains how because of the increase use of contraceptives, there has been a decline in unwanted pregnancies. However, approximately 42% of women live under the poverty line and when there is a lack of resources, women of color are affected the most, which raises the need for abortion services to rise. The article cites many statistics on women in different socioeconomic status, age, race, past and present rate of abortion which will be useful because these are significant information not only for my infograph but also the audience.

The Impact of Government Programs on Reproductive Health Disparities: Three Case Studies, a peer-reviewed article published in the Guttmacher Institute by Heather D. Boonstra examines the lack of education and resources available to young women and married couples looking to start a family. The article provides charts and graphs that convey the trends in abortion cases, the use of contraceptives over the years and the government programs such as Medicaid’s changing policies has affected many women and families.

Abortion and Women of Color: The Bigger Picture, a peer-reviewed article published in the Guttmacher Institute by Susan A. Cohen discusses how it is mostly women of color who are more likely to need abortion than Caucasian women. The article, How the Hyde Amendment Discriminates Against Poor Women and Women of Color published in the Center For American Progress Jessica Arons and Lindsay Rosenthal lists the effects of the Hyde Amendment on poor women and women of color. This article emphasizes on the fact that the Hyde Amendment was passed to deny poor women access to abortion. The article provides statistics on many topics such as the number of women in reproductive age who rely solely on Medicaid to pay for their health coverage. The article discusses how poor women and women of color are mostly affected when it comes it reproductive health. The article remind us that abortion costs are so high that it is difficult for many women to get an abortion without insurance. The article emphasizes on the fact that because the costs of abortion, women are forced to carry out their pregnancy despite the fact that most of these women are unable to provide for their baby. However, the main argument of both of these articles is that although poor women and women of color lack resources, this is an important issue for women in different ages, race and socioeconomic status.

History & Success Of Planned Parenthood published by Planned Parenthood reviews the history and success of the organization since it was established in 1916. The informative article reviews all of the court cases relevant to women’s reproductive rights, the attacks on Planned Parenthood and it provides statistics of the positive effect the organization has had on women over the years. These information are crucial for my infograph and for the audience because I think it is important that people are informed about the historical cases and conflicts that played a part in women’s right to choose and in the development of Planned Parenthood.

 

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Infographs are incredibly creative and often used during presentations on various topics. Infographs are used to deliver information in the most clear and concise way that is also visually stimulating for the audiences. Infographics are appealing to many people because of the many ways information can be presented to them that is straightforward and omits the use of excessive and irrelevant details. Infographs enable readers to effortlessly acquire knowledge on various subjects.

I chose Data Vis, Photo, and the Timeline infographics for this assignment because I like certain aspects of each design that will allow me to present the most important and relevant information to my audience in one method. I chose to draw inspiration from these three infographs because I want to customize a design that is suitable for my research as well as my audience. I will be utilizing many data and statistics that are crucial for bolstering my argument regarding if and why should the government fund Planned Parenthood.

In my infograph, I will be including information about Planned Parenthood and a timeline that shows the organization’s progression over the years, as well as the effects it has had on women since the organization was founded in 1916. I will provide a list of services that are provided to women and why they are important to women’s health. Also, I will provide a breakdown of how much of each services are used, as well as the amount of funding received by the organizations, and how the funding is distributed throughout the organization.

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The Importance of Visuals via Google Images.