The article in Allure journal calls out Arizona’s “ultraconservative” politics, quite a few anti-abortion legal guidelines, and lack of complete intercourse schooling.

Viewpoints: Our critics aren’t telling the entire fact about Planned Parenthood. They merely need to take us down.

Throughout Planned Parenthood’s 101-year historical past, our opponents have repeatedly resorted to dishonesty of their efforts to close us down. It’s comprehensible: When the reality doesn’t serve your pursuits, flip to lies.

There are too many examples to rely. Here just some:

  • Birth management causes most cancers.
  • Abortion causes most cancers.
  • Abortion is reversible.
  • Sex schooling causes younger individuals to start out having intercourse.
  • Vaccinating younger individuals towards cervical most cancers will trigger them to have unprotected intercourse.

Lies. Literally all lies. And each one among them, dreamed up and unfold by Planned Parenthood’s critics.

This is simply the tip of the iceberg.

On July 2, Marjorie Dannenfelser and Cathi Herrod, two anti-Planned Parenthood “leaders” with sterling political resumes however no background in drugs or health schooling, wrote an opinion piece in The Arizona Republic to advertise the “Trumpcare” laws now in Congress. Apparently, they like this invoice as a result of it might forestall low-income women from getting their health care at Planned Parenthood.

They vilify us for issues we by no means claimed

Our opponents employed a heaping serving to of misdirection. They criticized Planned Parenthood Arizona for not offering mammograms once we by no means claimed we did.

No, we don’t do mammograms at Planned Parenthood Arizona, though we do an terrible lot of breast health exams. Dannenfelser and Herrod don’t appear to know that whereas women’s health clinicians (together with at Planned Parenthood Arizona) and gynecologists display for breast most cancers, radiologists present and interpret mammograms, and oncologists deal with most cancers. That’s how the totally different elements of our medical system work collectively.

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These are “straw man” assaults, vilifying Planned Parenthood for not doing one thing we by no means claimed to do. They’re snug territory for individuals who know easy methods to criticize however not a lot else.

The teams that Dannenfelser and Herrod lead, the Center for Arizona Policy and Susan B. Anthony List, exist solely to foyer for legal guidelines that make it more durable for women to entry health care. They present no medical care of any variety, but they’re advocating for a harmful, nationwide, uncontrolled medical experiment that decides when, the place and the way individuals will get health care.

What they fail to say is that Trumpcare may even take health insurance coverage away from an anticipated 400,000 Arizonans. And it’ll permit insurance coverage corporations to deny protection for contraception and maternity care.

Those are fairly essential particulars to omit. Then once more, telling the entire fact isn’t Dannenfelser and Herrod’s purpose. Destroying Planned Parenthood is.

What can we do this they hate a lot? 

Planned Parenthood performs an important position in our nation’s health-care system. The bedrock of this technique is affected person belief, factual info and evidence-based care. What we hear time and again from our sufferers, together with some who’ve taken to the airwaves to defend us, is that Planned Parenthood was the primary medical supplier the place they have been listened to, given correct info and trusted to make their very own selections. It’s what we do.

Planned Parenthood was constructed on this very basis greater than 100 years in the past. Margaret Sanger listened to women, offered women with info on how you can forestall being pregnant, and trusted them to make their very own selections on when or if to have youngsters.

It was a radical idea a century in the past. In reality, Sanger was jailed for it. We have made nice strides since then to provide individuals extra alternatives than ever earlier than, all of which might have been unthinkable with out entry to reproductive health care.

Planned Parenthood is proud to have led that progress. In the 1950s we supported improvement of the primary oral contraceptive capsule, which has been hailed as a boon for women’s liberation and is liable for the tutorial and financial development of all Americans.

Fifty years later, Planned Parenthood was the driving drive behind inclusion of no-copay contraception within the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The ACA’s birth-control profit saved women $1.four billion on contraception drugs alone in 2013. More importantly, our zeal to increase entry to contraception is propelling the decline of unintended and teen being pregnant together with abortion charges hitting historic lows.

Between 2007 and 2013, the variety of teen births yearly fell by 38.four %. In the meantime, Planned Parenthood Arizona has been offering ever higher numbers of long-acting, extremely efficient contraception similar to IUDs.

We belief individuals to make their very own selections

Let’s get right down to facts.

As we shared in our 2015-2016 Annual Report, that yr Planned Parenthood Arizona offered a minimum of 23,317 contraception providers, three,137 checks for cervical most cancers and 15,770 exams for sexually transmitted infections. We additionally offered 6,667 abortion care visits to women we’re proud to serve safely and with dignity.

With a 101-year monitor document and actually tens of millions of women, males and younger individuals dwelling higher due to Planned Parenthood’s info and health care, one wonders what evokes such opposition?

The fact is that our opponents worry what Planned Parenthood stands for: That individuals – all individuals – will make higher life selections for themselves and their households if they’ve entry to correct health info and non-judgmental health care.

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We belief individuals. Our opponents don’t. They doubt others’ potential to make good selections with out strict guidelines. They worry the duty to teach themselves about their our bodies, about wholesome relationships and being pregnant. They worry sexuality moderately than cherishing it as a pure a part of each human life.

How tragic that some nonetheless see trusting individuals with selections about their very own care as harmful or fallacious. It’s not. Just ask the women and males who come to Planned Parenthood. We do.

Jodi Liggett is vice chairman of public affairs and Dr. William Richardson is medical director, board Certified OB/GYN of Planned Parenthood Arizona respectively. 

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