Propelled by deceptively edited videos purporting to show violations of protocols for fetal tissue research, opponents of abortion rights launched a broadside aimed at cutting off public funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates. As the controversy roiled, the Institute received a request from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office for information on the role Planned Parenthood health centers play in providing publicly funded family planning services. The Institute’s resulting analysis quantified Planned Parenthood’s critical contribution as part of the nationwide family planning safety net and exposed the potentially devastating impact of shutting down these sites. The results of the analysis were published in the widely read Health Affairs Blog, cited by advocates and witnesses at congressional hearings and inserted into the Congressional Record.
"Of the 19 million U.S. women in need of publicly funded contraceptive services and supplies, 30% live in counties where Planned Parenthood serves all or most safety-net family planning center clients."
"The controversy over funding Planned Parenthood, which grew out of a longstanding campaign by opponents to abortion rights to vilify abortion and abortion providers, now threatens fetal tissue research itself. This research has led to major advances in human health, including the virtual elimination of such childhood scourges as polio, measles and rubella in the United States; it is now being used in the development of vaccines against Ebola and HIV and in efforts to treat and cure conditions and diseases that afflict millions of Americans."
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