On Dec. 17, 2015, All Sides with Ann Fisher dedicated the program to the discussion of Attorney General Michael DeWine’s recent investigation of Planned Parenthood (PP) of Ohio after allegations were made that PP abortion clinics across the US were selling fetal tissue to research facilities. The guests on the show were Allen Johnson, public affairs reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, Stephanie Krider, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life, and Kellie Copeland, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-choice Ohio. One of the discussion points was whether DeWine was targeting PP of Ohio for political reasons.
After investigating Planned Parenthood’s three sites in Ohio, DeWine could not find any evidence that Planned Parenthood had gained financially from selling fetal tissue to research facilities. DeWine has sought to change the way that fetal tissue and aborted fetuses are handled for disposal by filing a lawsuit that is specifically directed towards Planned Parenthood clinics.
Planned Parenthood is following state laws that have been in force for over 40 years for medical facilities on disposal of any human tissue which could include amputations, organs removed for medical reasons, etc. This tissue must be autoclaved to make it biologically inactive before disposal in landfills or by incineration. In a press conference, DeWine described the autoclave sterilization procedure for PP abortion clinics as “cooking the fetuses”. Unless DeWine is a cannibal, this is an inaccurate description.
This article is being republished because of the blatant political actions of Attorney General Michael DeWine against Planned Parenthood of Ohio. The original article that was published in rootshed.com on Nov. 9, 2012 follows. It was titled “The spiritual and economic case for Planned Parenthood.”
There is much misinformation about the wide-range of preventive health services that Planned Parenthood provides, mainly to low- to moderate-income women, men and teens. Federal money provided to Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio (PPGOH) through the Title X funding stream, is not, and has never been, used for abortion services.
PPOGH was formed in July, 2012, through a merger of Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio. Merging these organizations together as one organization has increased access for clients in previously underserved geographical areas.
Currently, PPOGH serves clients at 22 Health Centers covering a 68-county territory, including metropolitan areas such as Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Mansfield, Toledo, Columbus and Athens. Merger talks are in process with Cincinnati and Dayton affiliates, with the prediction of a new single statewide Planned Parenthood organization within a matter of months.
2011 statistics indicate the quality health care services that were provided to 66,000 Ohioans by PPGOH
87,000 tests for Sexually Transmitted Infections
36,000 received birth control
17,000 received health information at community events
16,000 people were provided responsible sexuality education
13,000 received pap tests as diagnostics for cervical and other cancers
12,000 received breast exams for indication of breast cancer*
4,900 HIV tests were performed
* If a breast exam detects a problem such as a lump in the breast, Planned Parenthood provides information on where mamograms can be obtained. In many cases, Planned Parenthood has made arrangements for the mamograms to be done at a reduced rate that is appropriate for the individual being tested.
Funding of Planned Parenthood for providing these services comes from a small number of corporations, foundations, and special events, with the largest amount coming from caring individuals. All monies are used to directly support the day-to-day operations of the organization.
Planned Parenthood provides quality health care for communities across the country. More than 90% of what Planned Parenthood does is life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted illnesses, breast health services, pap tests, sexually healthy education, information and health counseling. Planned Parenthood clinics work every day to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and to keep women healthy.
One in five women have turned to Planned Parenthood at some time in their lives for professional, non-judgmental and confidential care. The national website provides instant information to 2.6 million people every month. Planned Parenthood is available for moms and dads who might be uncertain about how to talk with their teens about sex. Planned Parenthood supports schools by providing comprehensive sex education programs, from abstinence to birth control. Planned Parenthood’s goal is to provide accurate sexual information to all teens and to encourage them to talk with their parents.
Women turn to Planned Parenthood for reproductive health care services, including referrals to prenatal care and adoption agencies. Planned Parenthood replaces fear with facts and misinformation with education. People of all ages go to Planned Parenthood because they know they will be cared for compassionately and confidentially. Health Centers are staffed by highly trained doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals. Affordable care is given to all, with a sliding fee scale that is sensitive to one’s ability to pay. Services are provided to women, men and teens. No one goes without care as the doors are open to everyone.
Planned Parenthood’s education outreach is based upon a program designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A newly instituted Peer Education program continues to be supported by The Columbus Foundation and The Women’s Fund. Small classes of teens are taught a specified sexuality education program, and they then teach other teens. This highly effective approach is being expanded due to the acceptance of teens talking to teens about their responsibilities to maintaining their health and preventing unwanted teen pregnancies in a safe manner.
Restricted gifts are not encouraged because the goal is for all Ohioans to have access to the affordable, quality care offered by Planned Parenthood. Donors may, however, request their gift go for patient services or education. Specific foundations and individuals contribute to the support of providing safe and legal abortions. General contributions to PPOGH are dedicated to wellness services, and are never used to provide abortions.
The economic and humanitarian benefits of early detection and treatment of potentially fatal cancers and other diseases are significant. Reduction of surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments due to early detection saves huge amounts of money and avoids many deaths for patients.
Sexuality education and contraception have a very high return on investment. For every $1.00 spent on education and contraception, $4.70 is saved in Medicaid costs. Any investment counselor will tell you that a 470% return on investment is excellent.
The costs for unwanted pregnancies in Franklin County Ohio are over $50,000,000 per year. The estimated cost for all of Ohio for unwanted pregnancies approaches $400,000,000 per year. Planned Parenthood makes great economic sense because education and prevention of unwanted pregnancies eliminates the need for many abortions that incur a much higher monetary and individual cost.
One a spiritual basis, there is no question that helping people maintain the quality of their health is vital. Sexual education and contraception is a much higher spiritual approach than resorting to abortions for birth control. The testing and wellness services provided by PPOGH reduce the pain and suffering of many by detecting health issues before they become life threatening. There is a spiritual responsibility to do everything possible to maintain the health of our bodies so that we can progress on the Spirit Path.
Prevention of unwanted pregnancies through sexual education and contraception is the spiritual approach. Whatever the reason, abortion involves significant health risks and may cause emotional scars that do not occur when conception is prevented. Spiritualism teaches that each person is responsible for their own life and their progress. We do not dictate to anyone what their actions are beyond telling them that they need to apply the Golden Rule to everyone, and they need to include their selves in these spiritual actions.
PPOGH is a not-for-profit organization under section 501c3 of the federal tax code. The tax ID for PPOGH is 34-1015976. All contributions are tax deductible, and the services provided by contributions will help all Ohioans live healthier lives.
If you want to do something that really helps individuals as well as families, supporting Planned Parenthood is an excellent place to contribute. Your support is greatly appreciated. Your tax-deductible gift can be sent to:
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
206 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215
The mission statement for Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio has been that Planned Parenthood is dedicated to reproductive freedom and health for women, men and youth. They have fulfilled this mission and provided an effective solution for reducing unwanted pregnancies and unnecessary suffering due to diseases going undetected.
If you wish to learn more about the services provided, contact Planned Parenthood at (614) 224-2235 or go to their website, http://www.ppao.org and view their Health Center locations. You can learn more about Planned Parenthood’s advocacy group, which provides updates on legislation and an opportunity to volunteer at http://www.ppao.org/.
With President Obama being reelected for four more years, the immediate threat to Planned Parenthood’s defunding nationally has been reduced. However, the Health Committee in the Ohio legislature is having a meeting on Wednesday, November 14th at 8:30 a.m. to discuss Ohio’s defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Nationally, women voters made their voices heard regarding governmental interference with their personal health decisions. We have to motivate voters to stop this effort to eliminate the many services provided by Planned Parenthood organizations in Ohio.
The author wants to thank Ms. Suzie Childs of the Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio organization for her assistance in providing statistics and insight into the services provided by Planned Parenthood. The views expressed in the article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio.
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