As the debate rages on Planned Parenthood’s budget, there are seemingly more questions than answers at the moment. How do any potential budget cuts for Planned Parenthood impact independent clinics like the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center (TPPRC)? How will the repercussions affect women facing an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy? And what exactly is Planned Parenthood, anyway?
Planned Parenthood, formally known as Planned Parenthood Federation of America, provides reproductive health services for women across the country. Currently, Planned Parenthood has more than 800 clinics in the United States, with an operating budget of $1 billion. Aside from breast cancer screening, contraception and other services, Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the U.S., with around 300,000 abortions performed on an annual basis.
Pro-life advocates, including elected U.S. officials and private organizations, have questioned whether Planned Parenthood – which, despite its considerable women’s health contributions, is not exactly an unborn child’s best friend – should receive U.S. taxpayer dollars to perform abortions. Federal law prohibits such acts, but Planned Parenthood says any such funds are not used for terminating pregnancies.
Controversy always surrounds the Planned Parenthood budget debate, but things have really escalated in recent weeks. Republican lawmakers are threatening to stop all federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Predictably, liberals and Democrats have drawn their line in the sand, citing women’s health rights.
So what does all this mean for women with an unexpected, unwanted or crisis pregnancies in San Diego and surrounding areas?
Forget about the politics for a moment. Ignore the finger-pointing from both sides of the aisle. The Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center’s capability, compassionate care and considerable health services are not affected by any real or imagined Planned Parenthood budget cuts.
Fact: Turning Point will continue to provide the same service as always, regardless of the eventual budget outcome.
Fact: Turning Point receives no state or federal funds.
Fact: Turning Point’s services are always free.
Fact: Turning Point will assist any woman facing an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy.
Fact: If you need help and don’t know where to go, turn to Turning Point. We’re here for you.
To learn more about how Turning Point can help, please call our main office at (858) 397-1970, or email our crisis pregnancy consultants at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully this article dispels any myths or rumors you’ve heard about the Planned Parenthood budget crisis. Bottom line: we’re here for you, no matter what happens with the budget battle.