Planned Parenthood cuts in Iowa, according to local media outlets operating in the state. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a non-profit organization which provides reproductive health and maternal health services both in the country and at international level.
The organization has come under heavy fire recently after a series of edited videos surfaced online purportedly showing an employee discussing the sale of fetal tissue. Planet Parenthood has vehemently denied the accusations, saying this is merely a propaganda campaign aimed at smearing the name of the non-profit group from right-wing activists.
Planet Parenthood already receives millions in federal and state-level aid, but the recent controversy could potentially reduce those numbers considerably, especially in the state of Iowa. However, officials from the organization have claimed that Planet Parenthood will continue providing their services at the same level, despite potentially losing a significant portion of their funding.
35-year-old nursing student Kimberly Long has spoken in favor of the services and care provided by the Planet Parenthood organization in Iowa. Long has said that she had previously relied on Planet Parenthood for birth controls and wellness exams while she was in her twenties, moving from city to city within the state. She said:
“I think I am a success story of Planned Parenthood. I feel that I’m healthy and ready to plan for a family now because I’ve had that access, so I feel like this is my responsibility.”
Long regards this as a battle she should be involved in and has since spoken and campaigned in favor of the organization by highlighting the kind of care she had received from Planned Parenthood.
She is now back in college, finishing her final semester of university. She plans to move to Atlanta with her significant other and have already spoken about starting a family. This decision, she says, could not have been possible without the counseling and assistance provided by Planned Parenthood specialists.
Currently, the group operates eighteen clinics in the states of Nebraska, Arkansas, Iowa and certain parts of Oklahoma. For many like Long, Planned Parenthood has always been a simple, yet very effective and high-quality solution.
Long has criticized right-wing activists for their criticism of the organization. She regards he case as a success story, saying that she is much safer and healthier because of the aid and sexual education received through the organization. She went on to say that Planned Parenthood should be a responsible choice for all young people.
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