Planned Parenthood plays a critical role in helping women take control of their health. They provide cancer screenings, vaccinations, blood tests, even counseling. Yes, they offer abortion services, but those only represent three percent of the services they provide annually. Hardline anti-abortionists and family values politicians pose a real threat to the health of the twenty-six percent of Planned Parenthood clients who reported it's the only place they can get the care they need, because the things Planned Parenthood does besides abortions can save lives.
So many people only see Planned Parenthood in the abstract, only understand it as an idea, a mythical place where evil doctors commit atrocities. But for the women who rely on the nonprofit to help them take control of their health - whether it's because they have no other low-cost local healthcare provider or they just flat-out like their local clinic - Planned Parenthood is not just an abstraction. It's a lifeline.