If you're sick and tired of having to defend Planned Parenthood, you're not alone. For years, we've been trying to explain the many things Republican politicians need to know about how Planned Parenthood operates, but our arguments often fall upon deaf ears. It feels like we're endlessly battling the same few myths and misconceptions about Planned Parenthood and the services they offer — largely because many Republican leaders think it comes down to one thing: abortion. But let's be clear: while Planned Parenthood is proud to help women exercise all of their reproductive freedoms, abortion does not define Planned Parenthood. And in communities across the country, Planned Parenthood is a primary — or sometimes only — affordable and easily accessible health care provider. The organization is there for millions of women and men of all ages and ethnicities when they don't know where else to go.
Some argue that there is no war on women, plain and simple. But when you're talking about trying to deny people health care, in addition to their right to control their own bodies — and when said human beings are primarily women — there is no denying that women's rights are, in many ways, specifically under attack.
Politicians across the board have been very vocal on their opinions regarding Planned Parenthood; but there still seems to be some confusion amongst the Republican party about what exactly the organization does. Let's get a few things straight.