27 Facts About Planned Parenthood


Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc, or simply Planned Parenthood, is a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care in the United States and globally.

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Planned Parenthood was one of the founding members of the International Planned Parenthood Federation when it was launched at a conference in Bombay, India, in 1952.

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Also during his presidency, Planned Parenthood lobbied the federal government to support reproductive health, culminating with President Richard Nixon's signing of Title X to provide governmental subsidies for low-income women to access family planning services.

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Planned Parenthood began to advocate abortion law reform beginning in 1955, when the organization's medical director, Mary Calderone, convened a national conference of medical professionals on the issue.

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The Metropolitan Washington branch of Planned Parenthood was hacked in 2020 with donor and patient information compromised, including dates of birth, social security numbers, financial information, and medical data.

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Contrary to the assumption of some, Planned Parenthood conducts cancer screenings but does not provide mammograms.

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Planned Parenthood has received federal funding since 1970, when President Richard Nixon signed into law the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act, amending the Public Health Service Act.

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Planned Parenthood receives over a third of its money in government grants and contracts.

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Planned Parenthood is an advocate for the legal and political protection of reproductive rights.

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Planned Parenthood takes the position that laws requiring parental notification before an abortion can be performed on a minor are unconstitutional on privacy grounds.

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Planned Parenthood has opposed initiatives that require waiting periods before abortions, and bans on late-term abortions including intact dilation and extraction, which has been illegal in the US since 2003.

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Planned Parenthood spends money on politics and elections through the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, through its Super PAC, and through a variety of related 501 entities.

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Planned Parenthood endorsed Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

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Planned Parenthood has gone to court to keep from turning over these records, citing medical privacy and concerns about the motivation for seeking the records.

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Planned Parenthood's actions were described as "troubling" by the state Supreme Court, but Planned Parenthood was compelled to turn over the medical records, albeit with more stringent court-mandated privacy safeguards for the patients involved.

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In 2012, a Kansas district attorney found that the practices of the Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood clinic were "within accepted practices in the medical community" and dropped all of the remaining criminal charges.

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In 2006, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that Planned Parenthood was not required to turn over its medical records in an investigation of possible child abuse.

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Critics of Planned Parenthood often refer to Sanger's connection with supporters of eugenics to discredit the organization by associating it, and birth control, with the more negative modern view of eugenics.

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Planned Parenthood has responded to this criticism directly in a leaflet acknowledging that Sanger agreed with some of her contemporaries who advocated the voluntary hospitalization or sterilization of people with untreatable, disabling, or hereditary conditions, and limits on the immigration of the diseased.

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Planned Parenthood has occupied a central position in the abortion debate in the US, and has been among the most prominent targets of the US anti-abortion movement for decades.

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Planned Parenthood has consistently maintained that federal money received by Planned Parenthood is not used to fund abortion services, but anti-abortion activists have argued that the federal funding frees up other resources that are, in turn, used to provide abortions.

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Planned Parenthood is the largest single provider of abortions in the US, but pro-choice advocates have argued that the organization's family planning services reduce the need for abortions; in the words of Megan Crepeau of the Chicago Tribune, Planned Parenthood could be "characterized as America's largest abortion preventer".

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Nonetheless, the videos attracted widespread media coverage; after the release of the first video, conservative lawmakers in Congress singled out Planned Parenthood and began to push bills that would strip the organization of federal family planning funding.

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In January 2016, a Texas grand jury chartered to investigate Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood but instead indicted CMP founder David Daleiden and member Sandra Merritt for creating and using false government IDs and attempting to purchase fetal tissue.

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Planned Parenthood clinics have been the target of a number of instances of violence by anti-abortion activists, including bombing, arson and attacks with chemical weaponry.

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Planned Parenthood fled to another Planned Parenthood clinic where he murdered Leane Nichols and wounded two others.

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In 2012, a Grand Chute, Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood clinic was subject to a bombing perpetrated by an unknown individual.

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