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P a g e | 1 PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND THE ABORTION DEBATE The legality of abortion

The legality of abortion has been debated since the thirteenth century.

It has gone from

being illegal; punishable by hanging, to legal for any reason within the first trimester and under

certain conditions during the last two trimesters.

Each step taken was driven by determined

individuals and organizations that were concerned with Women’s mental and physical wellbeing.

The first step forward was when England and the United States

recognized that in some cases abortion was necessary to save the mother’s

life, soon after that there were laws put into place allowing abortion for

numerous health reasons and for victims of incest and/or rape. In 1973

the famous Roe v. Wade case convinced the Supreme Court that

prohibiting abortion was a violation of a woman’s privacy. Despite the 7

to 2 majority vote the legality and morality of the situation continues to

be challenged. (Geraldine and Wagner)

Did You Know

Did You Know

The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate among the world’s developed nations.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than three million teen girls have a sexually transmitted infection. That’s at least one in four.

In the 42 years since the Roe v. Wade ruling, Planned Parenthood

has championed women’s right to choose if parenthood is right for them

and if the answer is no, the right to access abortion in a safe, legal,

compassionate and affordable health care setting.

Planned Parenthood

does not only offer abortion access, their primary goal is prevention and

reducing the number of unintended pregnancies.

Their other services

include access to Family Planning, Sex Education and National Policy



Half of sexually active young people in the U.S. will contract a sexually transmitted infection by age 25.

Approximately 750,000 teenagers in the United States will become pregnant this year.

(Planned Parenthood Action Council)

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amily Planning includes

access to birth control,

affordable health care and

support groups and programs. “In 2009,

34% of Utah women reported their child’s

birth was the result of an unintended

pregnancy” (Planned Parenthood Action

Council). This percentage is one reason

why making health care more accessible and

affordable is a main focus of the program.

The health care services provided are also

directly reducing the need for abortion.

2014 Services 32,053 1,333 36,930 100,432
2014 Services
32,053 1,333

Birth Control2014 Services 32,053 1,333 36,930 100,432 Cancer & Prevention STD Screenings Abortion & Vasectomy

Cancer & Prevention2014 Services 32,053 1,333 36,930 100,432 Birth Control STD Screenings Abortion & Vasectomy

STD Screenings2014 Services 32,053 1,333 36,930 100,432 Birth Control Cancer & Prevention Abortion & Vasectomy

Abortion & Vasectomy2014 Services 32,053 1,333 36,930 100,432 Birth Control Cancer & Prevention STD Screenings


ex Education program promotes

the teaching of responsible, age

appropriate, medically accurate

sex education, including information about

both abstinence and contraception in public

schools. This education is seen as an

investment in Utah’s health because

providing sex education allows students to

avoid pregnancy and stay in school, staying

in school and avoiding teen pregnancy aids

in ending intergenerational poverty that is

created by a teen mother’s need of public

assistance. In 2008, Utah alone spent 30

million state tax dollars on births resulting

from unintended pregnancies.

Programs and Education Provided

Growing Up Comes First (GUCF): An age appropriate, medically accurate maturation program for 9 12 year olds and their parents or caregivers.

Wyman TOP® (Teen Outreach Program): TOP clubs meet weekly over a 25 week period and follow the Changing Scenes ™ curriculum to promote healthy behavior, a sense of purpose and implement community service learning programs.


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Cuídate: An HIV prevention curriculum for Latino youth ages 12 18. The program teaches negotiation skills, health information and uses cultural values to promote health and safety.

Making A Difference: An abstinence based curriculum for youth ages 11 13. The program includes goals and dreams, accurate HIV and STD information, skills building, and decision making.

Making Proud Choices: A comprehensive curriculum for youth ages 11 13. The program includes accurate HIV and STD information, goal setting, condom negotiation, refusal skills and decision making.

All 4 You: A theory based curriculum designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors associated with HIV, other STDs, and unintended pregnancy. All 4 You is for youth ages 14 18.

Safe at School: An anti-harassment/anti-bullying program offered for educators and others who work with youth.

(Planned Parenthood Action Council)


ational Policy Positions

provide up to date political

“hot button” social issues and

the position Planned Parenthood is taking on

each. One of their current campaigns

encourages women to share their story

surrounding their incredibly personal

decision to have an abortion. The CEO of

Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards

believes that if the public hears about the


circumstances surrounding a decision to end

a pregnancy, they would be more likely to

support it. The overall goal is to end the

abortion stigma and remove this personal

decision from the political topic arena. The

fact is that 1 in 3 women will have an

abortion in their lifetime and without

programs such as these the probability of

illegal procedures, infection and permanent

damage to a women increases.

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There are many reasons why the abortion stigma exists, abortion is defined as

“the act of removing a human embryo or fetus from the uterus of a pregnant woman

prior to the completion of the full term pregnancy” (Geraldine and Wagner).

the thought of that causes a moral dilemma in many.

necessarily wrong in their quest to preserve life.

never subside, but there may be a common ground if one can accept that the idea of

Pro-Choice isn’t synonymous with Pro-Abortion and that Pro-Life may simply mean

there is another way.

choice is for their specific situation is to gather all the information possible when making this life altering decision of bringing a child into the world or not.


The Pro-Life debaters are not

This moral debate will most likely

The best way for pregnant women to decide what the best

For more information visit a Planned Parenthood near you.

best way for pregnant women to decide what the best For more information visit a Planned


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Works Cited

Deckha, Maneesha. "Legislating Respect: A Pro-Choice Feminist Analysis Of Embryo Research Restictions in Canada." Mcgill Law Journal 58.1 (2012): 199-236.

Geraldine, Alex K and Rich Wagner. "Abortion Debate." Salem Press Encyclopedia (2015). Web.

Manninen, Bertha Alverez. Pro-Life, Pro-Choice: Shared Values in The Abortion Debate. Nashville:

Vanderbilt University Press, 2014. eBook Collection(EBSCOhost).

Planned Parenthood Action Council. 2013. 29 August 2015.

Pollitt, Katha. "Questions For Pro-Lifers." Nation (2014): 6-8. web.

Warnes, Kathy, PhD. "United States Pro-Choice Movement."." Salem Press Encyclopedia (2014). Web.