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PP tries to prevent need for abortions

The propaganda against Planned Parenthood continues. A recent writer is not the first to do this, nor will he be the last, and those who spread their biases without regard for facts will not listen anyhow. But for those whose minds seek the truth, here is some for you.

One of every four women over the age of 40 has utilized Planned Parenthood at least once in her lifetime. The first mission of Planned Parenthood is birth control and good family planning. There are no Medi-Cal providers and probably not any Healthy Families providers in Western Nevada County. Planned Parenthood clinics provide care to these families, who must travel out of county to obtain it. What alternatives exist?

According to the PPMM 1999-2000 annual report, 97 percent of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s services were for family planning, birth control, STI testing, and for a large part in Sacramento area clinics, primary care for Medi-Cal and Healthy Families patients. PPMM provided more prenatal care visits, well care exams, pediatric visits, more adult general care visits, and more counseling on AIDS/HIV testing, than they performed abortions. Only 3 percent of their services is related to abortions, clearly not driven by profit.

We can agree that the abortion issue elicits strong emotions. But why does such hatred exist for an organization whose primary function is to prevent the need for abortions? Think about it.

Laurel Knapp

President, NC Citizens for Choice

Nevada City

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