A Symbolic Fight in a Much Bigger Battle

But the stakes from our politicians are bigger. Planned Parenthood provides critical services to millions of American women each year. In 2010, it provided nearly 750,000 breast exams and 770,000 Pap tests to women seeking critical cancer screening. It provided more than four million tests and treatments for STIs. It provided affordable contraception to low-income women, preventing an estimated 584,00 unintended pregnancies. Planned Parenthood estimates that one in five American women has received care from the organization in her lifetime.

Without Komen’s funding, Planned Parenthood would have rallied. Without federal funding, nearly half of its 3 million patients - including many from disadvantaged neighborhoods and rural areas - would lose their care.