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The Impact of Defunding Planned Parenthood and How You Can Help

The topic of defunding when it comes to Planned Parenthood can be complicated and hard to talk about. To aid you in your understanding and your ability to help other understand, we have attached a simple guide in a question/answer format that explains the issue of defunding and what it would mean for PPWP.

There are sadly some states that have already been successful in defunding Planned Parenthood. This has allowed us to see the horrifying effects of closing down PP health centers. A brief explanation of these effects can be viewed here.

The mission of the Guttmacher Institute is  “The Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally.” They have released an invaluable amount of research that supports Planned Parenthood’s mission and work. The article “State Facts on Publicly Funded Family Planning Services: Pennsylvania,” clearly shows the importance of public funding for family planning services within our state.

PPFA has created an great toolkit to guide supporters in hosting their own event to advocate and/or fundraise for Planned Parenthood. The toolkit is attached and includes information regarding Planned Parenthood’s services, what defunding means, what has happened in states that have defunded Planned Parenthood, how to invite and engage your community, and how to give the proceeds from the event.

If you, or someone you know, would like to share your Planned Parenthood story, there are multiple outlets to do so. There are also a plethora of moving stories available that truly show the importance of Planned Parenthood’s work and reproductive rights.


There are some amazing, informative, and moving videos explaining the importance of Planned Parenthood.



Joss Whedon Video in Support of Planned Parenthood



What "Defunding" Really Means