Carole Brite, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Illinois
It's an outrage to shut down the government over an extreme proposal that would deny millions of women Pap tests, breast cancer screenings and birth control.
Attacking Planned Parenthood’s preventive health care hurts women, does not cut the deficit or fix the economy, and must be stopped.
More than 90 percent of the health care Planned Parenthood provides is preventive. Every year, Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses in Illinois provide:
• 19,572 cervical cancer screenings
• 21,393 breast exams
• affordable birth control to nearly 60,000 patients
• 34,770 tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV testing
Read fact sheet on Planned Parenthood's national health services here:
Family Planning Cost Savings
For every dollar spent invested in family planning, $3.74 is saved in Medicaid-related costs.
In Illinois Title X services help prevent 27,800 unintended pregnancies, and11,600 abortions each year. Without these services, the abortion rate in Illinois would be 24 percent higher.
Illinois saved $96,620,000 in public funds in 2008 by helping women avoid unintended pregnancies through the services provided at Title X–supported centers.
Nationwide, Title X services help prevent 973,000 unintended pregnancies and 406,000 abortions each year.
In 2009, Title X providers performed 2.2 million Pap tests, 2.3 million breast exams, and over six millions tests for STIs, including nearly a million HIV tests.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) provides affordably-priced, high-quality reproductive health care services to women and families throughout Illinois. Through health care services, educational programs and advocacy efforts, PPIL works to ensure and protect the reproductive rights of each individual. For more information, visit www.ppil.org.