First published on October 9, 2015.
I thought Planned Parenthood offered its services for free. I was under the impression that was the reason they were constantly walking around with their hands out on the Hill, and doing the whole PAC thing, trying to spend money on Dem candidates who might be on their side. Their services are NOT for free. They take health insurance, medicaid, and medicare. Their centers are obviously for profit, yet they want donations and federal handouts. They do offer free services, but you must show them you pay slip and tell them about your life. That’s a little invasive, if you ask me. And, each state appears to be different. Try finding one pat answer for the country. It’s very difficult. They are not really offering much but birth control and family planning services.
I fell for the canard that Planned Parenthood offered women’s services in areas where women’s services were not available. There are only about 700 centers in this country.
I thought one of Planned Parenthood’s major products was offering breast cancer screenings for women. And, yes, I am well aware that very few offices, anywhere offer in-house mammograms. I was shocked to discover that only 9% of their current services are involved in any sort of cancer screening. Their version of breast cancer ‘screening’ is a check for lumps. Only THREE PERCENT of these screenings, of something like a half million women, are referred for third party mammograms.
None of these services is for free, zip, nada, zilch.
If Planned Parenthood clinics are shut down, women in rural areas will have no access to services. I live in rural New Mexico. Planned Parenthood operates clinics in Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Farmington. There are no clinics in in any other part of the state. Good thing women in NM aren’t dependent on Planned Parenthood. In Arizona, the locations are either around Phoenix, Tucson, or Flagstaff.
In Colorado there are clinics in Alamosa, Arvada (part of the greater Denver area), Aurora (part of the greater Denver area), Boulder (part of the greater Denver area), Colorado Springs, Cortez (near Farmington, NM), Durango (near Farmington, NM & Cortez), Fort Collins (part of the greater Denver area), Glenwood Spings, Granby (not far from Boulder), Greeley (basically Fort Collins), Lakewood (part of greater Denver area), Littleton (part of greater Denver area), Parker (part of greater Denver area), Salida (near Colorado Springs), Steamboat Springs. Now, anyone who knows anything about Colorado knows that the locations of the clinics is a crock, just like New Mexico.
In Utah there are locations in Heber, (near SLC, Provo, etc) Logan (near SLC), Ogden (near SLC), Orem (near SLC), Salt Lake City, South Jordan (near SLC), St. George, West Valley City (near SLC). With the exception of heading out to St. George, forget any services, anywhere else in the state other than the Salt Lake City area. There are 35 centers in Texas. Texas is a big state. There is nothing in Midland, El Paso, Odessa, Amarillo, or basically anything in west Texas. There are 6 locations in Oklahoma. They are clustered around OK City and Tulsa. Forget anything in the west. There is 1 center in Wyoming, Casper. In Nevada, you can get help in Reno and Vegas, but that’s it. If you live in California, there are 113 centers.
The thing is, for one huge chunk of the country, Planned Parenthood is a total and complete joke. There are centers in Wichita and Kansas City. That basically fills in the Wild West, with the exception of California. Missouri has 14 centers. There is nothing in North Dakota, and only 1 location in South Dakota, with 3 in Idaho, 5 in Montana, and 2 in Nebraska. The bottom line is simple. It is also a joke. Evidently those of use who live in classic Wild West Fly Over Country have no need for the services of Planned Parenthood.
To illustrate my point, I did a very crude map edit.
- Arizona – 10 ( all but 3 in greater Phoenix area)
- Colorado – 21 (all but 7 in the greater Denver area)
- Idaho – 3
- Kansas 2
- Montana – 5
- Nevada – 3 (Reno & Vegas)
- Nebraska – 2
- New Mexico – 6 (all but 1 in ABQ & Santa Fe area)
- Oklahoma – 6
- North Dakota – 0
- South Dakota – 1
- Texas – (35 but NONE in Western Texas)
- Utah – 9 (most in the SLC area)
- Wyoming – 1
There is a grand total of about 59 Planned Parenthood Health Centers for this ENTIRE section of the United States. Now, please tell me how this helps women in almost HALF of the Untied States. I think from this map alone, it shows that women in almost half of this country have NO access to Planned Parenthood. If you understand anything about roads, and driving, then realize that most of these centers are in metropolitan areas, then women in the Wild West are getting their health care from other sources.
- California – 113
- Connecticut – 17
- Florida – 23
- Illinois – 18
- Indiana – 23
- Iowa – 13
- Maryland – 9
- Michigan – 21
- Minnesota – 18
- Missouri – 14
- New Jersey – 26
- New York – 59
- Ohio – 28
- Pennsylvania – 36
- Wisconsin – 21
In all but Florida & California with this list there are around 300 Planned Parenthood Centers – in just this small shaded area. Add Florida and California and we’re up to around 440 centers.
Now, why are we wasting money on an organization which DOES NOT provide coverage to women in nearly half the United States? Are those of us who live in the Wild West of less value than those who live in other states. To put it into perspective there are approximately 59 centers for the whole of the Wild West, and 59 centers in all of New York.
- Alabama – 2
- Arkansas – 2
- Georgia – 5
- Louisiana – 2
- Kentucky – 2
- Mississippi – 1
- North Carolina – 9
- South Carolina 3
- Tennessee – 2
- Virginia – 7
- West Virginia – 1
For the ‘Deep South’ – that’s a total of 36 Planned Parenthood Centers.
If you want something even more startling, try combing the two maps.
This is well over half the United States. More like close to 40% of the country. For this entire area of the country, shaded, there are less than 100 Planned Parenthood Centers, yet we are told there are something like 700 nationally. I think this is where we need to ask …. where pray tell, are they? Well, they’re in the upper Midwest, New York, New Jersey, California, and Florida. There is nothing fair nor equitable about the distribution. Those of use in unimportant parts of the country are being scammed.
Planned Parenthood tells the Feds that they are servicing women in areas where no health care is available for women. Sorry, but if you look at the map, that is a total and complete bald face lie. Why are they a non-profit, taking donations, donating to political candidates, and being reimbursed for services which would be much easier and cheaply provided by existing health care. The great lie is that they are offering services where there are none. Or, this is a crude representation of what is basically available in the Wild West.
I could care less about abortion services, one way or another. That’s between a woman, her health care provider, family, and her Maker. I don’t care about the abortion videos. Frankly, knowing the religious right the way I do, I figure they are a total fake. I’m looking at the great big fat Planned Parenthood lie about providing services for women, where none are available. Looking at the lovely little map of NM and TX, what is missing, in these little red flags, are some of the finest medical centers in the southwest. Not there. No services. Interesting.
There’s something else I’ve noticed about the map of the Western US. Almost every location where there is Planned Parenthood, aside from being a large city with NUMEROUS medical choices, has a university or college, where medical services are offered at a discounted rate, to students.
The revenue is something like $1.3 billion with around $530 million of that reimbursements for Medicaid. They saw 2.7 million people in 2013. It has 34 political action committees. It seems to me that we’re looking at a duplication of services. Maybe not. It is the great big lie of serving the entire country that I find hard to believe, not when they saw something like 2.7 million people in 2013, and the country has a population of 318 million. I don’t know if they are throwing federal dollars away or not. I do know that many of these services could be efficiently handled by local clinics. Seems to me it would be cheaper to take the money used by Planned Parenthood and put it directly into free contraceptives. I just don’t know. What I do know is that the right lies about it and the left lies about it. I decided to do my own research. I don’t like what I found. And, like I said, it has nothing to do with abortion.