What sort of services does Planned Parenthood provide for women?
- Breast exams
- Pap smears
- Cervical cancer screenings
- Infertility testings
- Physical exams
And, yes, abortions, which make up approximately 3% (PDF) of PP’s total services.
With all that they offer, it makes sense that they would participate in the Women’s Health Expo this past week in Arizona.
Which is why it makes no sense that Governor Jan Brewer banned them from attending:
According to [president of Planned Parenthood Arizona Bryan] Howard, his group was advised of the ban about three weeks ago. He said he asked the governor’s office for an explanation and was told by a low-level staffer that “our presence would contradict the governor’s policy.”
Howard said he was unable to get an explanation of the policy.
Paul Senseman of the governor’s office said he did not know specifically what policy was involved.
The Governor would rather prevent women from getting access to numerous life-saving health services than allow them access to abortion information.
It’s pathetic and dangerous.
(Thanks to Stephanie for the link!)