Planned Parenthood?

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Planned Parenthood?
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Mon, 05-03-2010 - 8:05am

Is Planned Parenthood such a bad thing? I think one of my main worries about abortion is the younger crowd that feels like they have no other option. For whatever reason, a young couple (high school age) decides that their only option is an abortion. If PP (or something similar) isn't available to them, what would they do to get rid of the unwanted pregnancy?


I'm glad that kids are better educated these days than they use to be but I can't imagine a world where there won't be the kids that try drastic measures to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy.




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The best way to prevent abortions is to prevent unwanted pregnancies
HOUSTON CHRONICLE
May 2, 2010, 9:11PM

Tomorrow Planned Parenthood will begin moving into its new headquarters at 4600 Gulf Freeway. The former Sterling Bank — more than twice as large as Planned Parenthood's previous space on Fannin — will be far more visible, too.


Blue-and-green plaid glass has replaced the old white stone cladding, but the building's shape remains as distinctive as ever. Some people see a six-story cash register; others, an Aztec temple. Peter Durkin, the president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood for Southeast Texas, Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta, prefers a hopeful metaphor. It's a giant staircase, he says, leading upward in the prevention of unwanted and teen pregnancies.


Durkin is an optimist. A pessimist would note that in that worthy cause, we have an awfully long climb ahead.


In the U.S., half of all pregnancies aren't planned. Among Western industrialized nations, we rank first in the rate of teen pregnancies.


Closer to home, the statistics grow even more appalling. Texas has the third-highest rate of births to teen mothers in the nation — and even worse, ranks first for repeat births to teen mothers. Houston tops every other American city in the number of girls under the age of 15 who give birth.


For more of the article, click here: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/6986703.html


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Registered: 06-04-2004
Mon, 05-03-2010 - 6:11pm

I'm a BIG proponent of PP. I think they do really important work in the world.

I think that the only way we're going to get to a point where young people don't feel the need to take drastic measures to end their pregnancies (including legal abortion, since it is not without risk and is a serious decision for kids to be making, even though I believe firmly in keeping it legal, safe, available, etc.), is to help them prevent pregnancy in the first place. For that matter, it would be great to help fewer of them start having sex at all, especially if they're doing it for the "wrong" reasons. But I know that's unrealistic. So I really do think there has to be a better impetus to be safer about sex. Better sex-ed programs in schools, better access to birth control and education about using it, etc. I think it's really terrifying that in this day and age, there are still so many myths surrounding sexual behavior and pregnancy, as well as the fact that there are still people who will resort to desperate measures to end a pregnancy. It seems like we could be beyond that as a society at this point, though I obviously understand that we are not.

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Tue, 05-04-2010 - 2:52am
The PP I went to in Utah for three years(for pap smears and BCP) doesn't even provide abortion services. I think their work is highly relevant, considering the last several years of AOE education. Until every child is a wanted child, abortion will still have a place in this world.




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Sat, 05-22-2010 - 12:03pm

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The way its been where I lived was that they have separate locations for the abortions that are dedicated to abortions only.

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Mon, 05-24-2010 - 8:16am

I use to go to PP but mostly because they had the only woman doctor in town - I had issues with a male doctor when I was younger.


It does amaze me that there are still so many myths around - I think we need to educate some of the mamas and the papas a little better too.


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Registered: 10-11-2005
Tue, 05-25-2010 - 6:02pm

I worked at the PP in my home town as a volunteer over 30 years ago, did alot of stuffing of envelopes for them for a fund raiser (did many over a 5 year period for them) Used their services with my first 2 pregnancies to find out I was pregnant. I was never pushed toward a abortions either (I was 20/22)

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Registered: 05-03-2010
Sat, 06-12-2010 - 12:25am

If PP does so much work with unwanted pregnancies, shouldn't they be called Unplanned Parenthood?

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Registered: 06-04-2004
Sat, 06-12-2010 - 10:52am

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I don't think so. Their main purpose is to help people PREVENT pregnancy, i.e., plan their parenthood. Providing services to expectant mothers is a smaller part of their work.

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Sat, 06-12-2010 - 1:52pm

ITA with you Jen~~and very nicely put too. Of my 3 pregnancies that I carried to term (lost 2 to miscarries) only the first was planned & the other I some times feel like I got stuck with. I'm pro-choice,but would never have abortion myself. So I guess that way I feel like I got stuck with them. These 2 dd's turned out to be nightmares from HECK. They are now 29 & 24, treat me much like their abusive father did~~so I've been forced to totally cut them from my life. It turned out that best for my mental & physcial health. They tried to tell what I should be doing, to do this or that. They have even tried to break my new dh (we have been together 11 years, married 9 in September) I just had to make a clean cut from them.

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Fri, 07-16-2010 - 12:20pm
I went there one time, and strongly disliked their services.
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Mon, 07-19-2010 - 7:32pm
What did you dislike about their services?
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