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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