Planned Parenthood has been at the center of some of the most important political debates in the past few months—over their funding, abortion services, and contraceptive access for women in the country at large. In the process, we’ve seen a lot of competing information about what they do and don’t offer, how they get their money, and how well they support women’s health. To clarify, we asked them to respond to some of the biggest criticisms of late—including the ones charged by former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson—and clarify the facts.
In five questions, here’s what they had to say:
A lot of numbers have been thrown around about contraceptive costs and who should cover them. Who currently pays for contraceptives at Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood works to make health care accessible and affordable. Women pay for birth control in several different ways. First, if a woman qualifies for Medicaid or other public health program, that will lower an individual’s health care cost. Second, most Planned Parenthood health centers accept health insurance. Third, women can pay out of pocket for birth control and other services. Women can find their local health center and get more information at Plannedparenthood.org
How would contraceptive coverage under Obamacare impact Planned Parenthood?
For Planned Parenthood, increasing access to prevention care is a priority. The contraceptive coverage benefit under Obamacare does just that, giving millions of women access to birth control with no co-pays. Birth control is basic health care and fundamental to improving women’s health and the health of their families. It’s also a pocketbook issue, as a woman can sometimes pay up to $600 a year for birth control. That’s why the contraceptive coverage benefit will make a real difference in the lives of women.
Some critics—like Abby Johnson—insist that Planned Parenthood pushes abortions for revenue. Can you clarify how Planned Parenthood gets funding or revenue, and how much abortions add to that? Is this information available publicly?
That is simply not true. Planned Parenthood is a trusted nonprofit health care provider to one in five women. Our revenues go towards providing health care in the local communities where we work.
Planned Parenthood takes seriously our role as a financial steward of contributions, grants, and government funding. Planned Parenthood posts an annual report, which details its financial information. Planned Parenthood’s revenue comes from three main sources: government grants and reimbursements to provide health care; contributions and donations from supporters; and health care fees paid by individuals.