Planned Parenthood Defunding Opposed by Majority of Americans

Planned Parenthood defunding is opposed by a majority of Americans.

Six states -- Texas, Indiana, North Carolina, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Kansas -- have withdrawn state funds from Planned Parenthood during the 2011 legislative sessions due to the fact that some clinics provide abortions. However, recent polls indicate that a majority of American voters oppose cutting off funds to the family planning provider.

According to a new Gallup poll, roughly 40 percent of Americans surveyed support a law prohibiting health clinics that provide abortions from receiving any federal funds. Only a third of respondents think that Planned Parenthood should be defunded, compared to 55 percent of voters who said the organization's funding should remain untouched.

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that over 53 percent of all respondents and 60 percent of women aged 18 to 49 found it "mostly or totally unacceptable" to cut off money to Planned Parenthood.

Abortions account for less than three percent of Planned Parenthood's services. Though the Hyde Amendment already prohibits taxpayer money from being used to pay for abortions, many anti-abortion advocates oppose the federal funding of Planned Parenthood because they believe the funds could be used to support the procedure.

"Personally, I am glad they have defunded Planned Parenthood," Therese Burch of Monrovia, California, told the Huffington Post. "Abortion is their main bread and butter, no matter what they tell us." Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, spends much of her time trying to set the record straight on the central purpose of her organization, which she says is to provide pap smears, STI screenings, breast exams, and contraceptives to three million low-income and uninsured men and women each year. "Ninety-seven percent of our services are basic preventative care," Richards told the Huffington Post. This is not about funding for Planned Parenthood. It's about cutting off the largest provider of family planning in America to women. It's about the health and well-being of the three million patients that come through our doors every single year." Do you think its a good idea to defund planned parenthood yes or no?
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