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Spotlight On: Planned Parenthood; Richards, Thomas

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Spotlight On: Planned
Parenthood
by Thomas Richards
Out of the more than 20 million teens in the U.S.,
nearly three out of every ten are sexually active and
of those, nearly 300,000 teenagers under the age of
eighteen face unintended pregnancies every year.
Although the percentage of sexually active teenagers
has recently been on the decline, nearly six million
teens may require some form of birth control or
protection against sexually transmitted diseases or
other information and services surrounding the issue
of reproduction. Planned Parenthood is a nationwide
non-profit organization that aims to address these
needs.
Planned Parenthood (PP) believes that the
freedom  to manage one's own fertility is a
fundamental right; a fundamental right that should
not be abrogated by any criteria, including age.
Among the most controversial services PP provides
are the ones they provide to teenagers. PP provides
three main services to teenagers: education and
information, contraception methods via clinics, and
abortions.
Politicians and political groups have met each of
those services with pointed resistance. PP garners so
much attention from opposition groups not only
because of their philosophy, but also because of their
efficacy. PP serves nearly five million men and
women each year through affiliates in every state,
and twenty-six percent of those five million are
teenagers nineteen years old or younger. PP is an
extensive grassroots direct service provider that
impacts the national dialogue about teenage access to
reproductive services.
Due to PP's efficacy, politicians and political
groups have waged a campaign characterized by
diverse tactics to combat PP's information, access to
contraception, and access to abortion. The federal
government is now granting more funding to
abstinence-only groups to combat PP's education to
teenagers. PP's clinics will also prescribe emergency
contraception (commonly known as the morning
after pill), a drug which many pharmacies have
restricted patient access to by refusing to fill valid
prescriptions. Finally, to maintain teenage access to
abortion, PP has had to fend off attacks in the courts
and otherwise remain active in the judiciary.

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