The Responsibility of Health Care


Josie Brendes, News Editor

In my home, growing up, we were taught many key things to help shape our character and morals. One concept that was extremely focused on was responsibility. My parents consider self-sufficiency, following through, and organization to be of the utmost importance. I used this idea of responsibility to help shape my ideas and the way I conduct myself.

I believe personal responsibility is being hindered today in a very controversial manner due to the government attempting to take away reproductive choices. Currently, the Trump administration is attempting to defund Planned Parenthood, which takes away choices and personal responsibility from thousands of individuals who seek to use the services that Planned Parenthood provides.

Planned Parenthood, by definition, is a nonprofit organization that provides sexual health care in the United States and globally. The business provides care for many individuals with health needs. This includes help with the enrollment of health insurance, as well as providing access to contraceptives, pregnancy tests, STD testing/treatments/vaccines and other women’s and men’s health services. Planned Parenthood also provides LGBT services, abortion services, and basic health care needs.

It is a common belief that Planned Parenthood is used purely for abortions but the company is greatly used for other necessities. Having a source that provides safe health care for individuals, no matter what age or financial background, is extremely important in the success of the nation.

America’s current president and his administration added new changes to Title X, which corresponds to the funding of organizations such as Planned Parenthood. These changes will have an approximately $60 million toll on the business by decreasing taxpayer funding. Title X funds provide about 50-60 million dollars towards Planned Parenthood and by stripping the business of these funds, the Trump Administration is stripping individuals from receiving contraceptives, cancer screenings, and plenty more health care needs. This, in turn, is stripping away people’s ability to make conscious, responsible, health care choices for themselves when they choose to use these services.

Many people who support the changes being made to Title X are anti-abortion and have a vendetta against Planned Parenthood and what they believe it stands for. It is a common belief that Planned Parenthood is an organization used purely for abortions. Clearly, from the previous lists of health care that is provided, this is refuted. What many people do not know is that the federal funds directed to the business that were previously funded by Title X did not compensate for abortions. The updated Hyde Amendment, implemented in 1997, is a legislative provision barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape. This amendment does not allow for federal funding to be used for certain abortions, so what is the Trump Administration really defunding by pulling the $60 million? All the new changes do is lessen the opportunities for lower-income individuals to be responsible when focusing on their health care.