By now, most of us know the facts about Title X funding and these facts are vitally important. Thanks to Title X funding we prevented 1.2 million unintended pregnancies across the country. But Title X funding is about more than preventing these unplanned pregnancies. At its core, Title X is about making sure that every man and woman, regardless of their background, has access to contraceptives, STD testing, screenings for breast and cervical cancer, and annual exams. Title X funding ensures that women and men can get the comprehensive reproductive health care they need, while saving Minnesota 52.7 million dollars in 2010 alone. Title X funding saves money and it saves lives.
These facts are important but they don’t tell the whole story. Behind every one of these numbers, there is a story about how Title X funding changed the life of someone in need. Take Jade from Mankato:
I had relied on Planned Parenthood for my annual exam, birth control, STD screenings, and straight answers about reproductive health issues and pregnancy for over a decade. Planned Parenthood has never let me down, never made me feel scared or unsafe. There were many times when I didn’t have health insurance, enough money to cover the entire cost of my birth control, or I needed answers about things I didn’t’ feel comfortable talking to my parents about, and Planned Parenthood was always there for me.
Planned Parenthood couldn’t help women like Jade without Title X funding. In fact most of the women we care for are an awful lot like Jade. They’re young, they’re typically at or below the federal poverty level (annual income of less than 11,170), and they need help with basic family planning services like contraceptives and annual exams.
That some find this work controversial should remind us just how radical the opponents of Planned Parenthood really are.
Planned Parenthood changes the lives of women every day. That is why we need to come together and stand for Title X funding. Women like Jade walk into the doors of Planned Parenthood every day, and we can only give these women the health care they deserve through public funding. Thank you so much for your support of Planned Parenthood and the fight to preserve our federal funding. This fight isn’t over, but together we are strong enough to stand up to the partisan attacks and continue to provide the compassionate, affordable care countless men and women rely upon.