Important Things Planned Parenthood Does Besides Abortions, Ranked By You  

Jen Lennon
226 votes 48 voters 14 items

List Rules Vote up the most crucial services Planned Parenthood provides to individuals across America and globally.

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.

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Breast Exams

Over 350,000 breast exams were performed at Planned Parenthood clinics between 2014 and 2015. Those exams led to over 70,000 early cancer diagnoses or identified abnormalities.

STI Screenings

In the 2014-2015 fiscal year, Planned Parenthood provided over 4.2 million STI tests, which led to 171,882 diagnoses.

Offer Adoption Referrals

Over 2,000 women, men, and couples received adoption referrals from a Planned Parenthood clinic in 2012.


Planned Parenthood clinics performed 20,736 colposcopy procedures between 2014 and 2015.

Provide Contraceptive Care

In 2010, over 2.4 million women in the United States received contraceptive care from Planned Parenthood.

Sex Education Outreach

Between 2013 and 2014, Planned Parenthood provided over 1.5 million people with information about safe sex.

Pap Tests
HPV Vaccinations
UTI Treatments
Pregnancy Tests
WIC Services

Some Planned Parenthood clinics provide WIC services to patients; between 2014 and 2015, they performed 4,763 "other procedures" nationwide, which includes WIC support.

Primary Care And Family Practice Services

Planned Parenthood provided primary care and family practice services for 33,060 men and women between 2014 and 2015.


Cryotherapy procedures, which are used for abnormal growths, were performed 446 times between 2014 and 2015 at Planned Parenthood.