Contrary to popular belief, Planned Parenthood offers services such as breast-cancer screenings, STD screenings, general gynecology appointments, pregnancy testing, genetic counseling, and rape counseling.
So in reality, "pro-lifers" who picket outside of PP clinics shoving propaganda into the hands of many and yelling "you're going to hell" are often preaching to girls who are getting a mammogram, not an abortion.
PP writes referals to abortion clinics, and this is only done after ALL other options are discussed with the patient.
Most clinics do not administer abortions, but rather refer the patient to a safe clinic.
They make medical services cheap and affordable to women in need.
The Planned Parenthood people gave us a talk about sexual responsibility.
I went to Planned Parenthood to get tested. I was on the pill and I've only been sleeping with my boyfriend of 6 months. I didn't know that I should we both should have gotten tested before giving up condoms. They weren't judgmental and they treated me really well.
I went to the ER after one of my classmates raped me. They didn't tell me about emergency contraception. I found out I was pregnant a month later and I got abortion care from Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood is trying to reduce the rates of teen pregnancy, STIs and abortions in the US. Currently, we have the HIGHEST rate of all three in comparison to any other other Western/developed country. I don't know why people aren't doing more to advocate responsible choices.
AKA - THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE.