In 2015, 2.4 million people were reliant on planned parenthood services. And about one in five women have visited a Planned Parenthood in their life. Even so, Congress voted nine times to eliminate these aforementioned resources. Politicians who state they would like to defund Planned Parenthood would block an estimated 1.5 million patients.

In the past month, Marjorie Dannenfelser, head of the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony list stated that she expects Trump to succeed in defunding Planned Parenthood. Trump’s plan is to make it so that Medicare and insurance providence is not required for PP. Taking this away could have a detrimental effect on millions of Americans. Especially when taking into consideration that in 2015 and 2016, over 9 million people received the health care’s services.

Contrary to popular belief, Planned Parenthood is not just a place for abortions and birth control. Although these are very popular and important systems, the facilities offer a myriad of different uses. Planned Parenthood offers Abortion operations, Birth Control methods, Cancer tests, Emergency Contraception, STD testing, Overall Genitalia Health, Pregnancy Services, Sex and Relationship Advice, and Sexual Orientation and Gender Information.

Medical Social Worker at Unitypoint Health, Lynn Lounsberry, says that almost every single woman she knows has utilized a Planned Parenthood at least once in her life. Lounsberry explained the benefits that the facility has had for her, “I was provided a thorough education about options and what was right for me. I was also a college student and didn’t have much income, so my birth control was completely free for over a year.” She also shares that she has seen Planned Parenthood drastically change the lives of those who are close to her by, “Empowering their rights to make decisions for their own bodies.”

22-year-old, Darrellyn Kirk of Cedar Rapids, commented on her visit to Planned Parenthood last November, “I was entering a new relationship, and I felt obligated to get a quick STD check. The staff was all very friendly and answered any questions I had without judgment. It was a great environment, especially compared to some walk-in clinics that I’ve been to.”

Although stepping into a place that has some negative stigma surrounding it can be intimidating and nerve-wracking, once you’ve actually begun your appointment, it’s clear to see how beneficial a visit can be. “You feel like everyone is on the same page, which is making sure you’re healthy. That is the most important thing,” mentions Kirk.

So if you ever need assistance in receiving birth control, get tested for an STD, or maybe just get more information about health and wellbeing, consider our local Planned Parenthood. Below are three different resources you can utilize, a petition to ensure that Planned Parenthood can be cost efficient and available for everyone, and the two closest Planned Parenthood facilities.

Planned Parenthood Website

*Fight For Birth Control!*

Find the Best Birth Control Method For You

Fact Sheets

Cedar Rapids Health Center
3425 First Ave SE, Suite 100
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
877-811-7526

“Most birth control and annual well-woman exams will be covered for free, with no copay. If you don’t have insurance, affordable coverage options may be available for you – check out what you may qualify for. With or without insurance, you can always come to us for your health care.”

View Health Insurance Plans Here

Iowa City Health Center
850 Orchard Street
Iowa City, IA 52246
877-811-7526

“Most birth control and annual well-woman exams will be covered for free, with no copay. If you don’t have insurance, affordable coverage options may be available for you – check out what you may qualify for. With or without insurance, you can always come to us for your health care.”

View Health Insurance Plans Here

*All statistics, facts, and the featured photo were from the Planned Parenthood Website*

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