Last updated on: 6/2/2010 2:16:43 PM PST | Author: ProCon.org

Planned Parenthood Federation of America Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Abortion Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“[W]omen facing an unintended pregnancy must have access to safe, legal abortion services without interference from the government…

Access to abortion is legal, constitutionally protected, and consistently supported by a majority of Americans; yet anti-choice organizations and policymakers have made it increasingly harder for women to access needed care. Anti-choice hardliners erode access to abortion through court battles, ballot measures, and burdensome legislative restrictions on abortion services – some extremists even resort to intimidation, harassment, and violence against women and health care providers…

From courthouses to statehouses to Capitol Hill to the grassroots, we work to protect access to reproductive health care through education of elected officials, litigation, and mobilization of our more than four million activists, donors, and supporters.”

“Protecting Abortion Access,” www.PlannedParenthood.org (accessed May 20, 2010)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“We are a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.

For more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.”

“Who We Are,” www.PlannedParenthood.org (accessed May 20, 2010)

Mission:

“Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being. We believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual’s right to privacy. We further believe that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life and strong family relationships.

Based on these beliefs, and reflecting the diverse communities within which we operate, the mission of Planned Parenthood is

  • to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual
  • to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services
  • to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality
  • to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications.”
  • “Mission,” www.PlannedParenthood.org (accessed May 20, 2010)

    Other:
    A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
    Contact Info:
    Phone
    202-973-4800
    Email
    [email protected]
    Website
    www.PlannedParenthood.org
    Quoted in:
    Should Abortion Be Legal? – Pro & Con Quotes