Letters to the Editor

Family planning reduces abortions

In response to "African-Americans 'vote for genocide' " (March 20, Letters): 97 percent of the services provided by Planned Parenthood are focused on prevention and education. Planned Parenthood clinics offer vital health care services spanning from primary care to cervical and breast cancer screenings and prenatal care. For more than 90 years, it has done more than any other organization to prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce abortions by providing easily affordable and accessible contraceptives.

Research by the University of California at San Francisco Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health estimates that 236,000 teen pregnancies are averted annually thanks to medically accurate sex education and access to affordable family planning services.

A 2004 report from the Guttmacher Institute determined that 56.9 percent of women served by family planning clinics like Planned Parenthood in Stanislaus County needed publicly funded services. It is the goal of Planned Parenthood to make its services available to all women, especially those in urban communities that may rely on health centers being nearby and easily accessible by public transportation.

I encourage the letter writer to take these statistics into account and redirect his frustration toward inadequacies in funding that block women's access to the affordable family planning services they need and deserve.

KATE NYEGAARD

board member, Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte

Modesto

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