"Hint: cutting off the organization's federal funds won't do as much to reduce abortion as the organization's enemies hope." This is a nonprofit organization. Its main funds come from Medicaid (which does fund abortions) and Title X (which doesn't fund abortions). Medicaid operates from federal and state funds, where Title X only operates by federal funds. Technically, if the federal government decides to stop funding Planned Parenthood, it could get some from states as they please to. About $70 million is Title X funding, and $293 million is Medicaid. Federal funding, however, no matter the instance, does not go towards abortions. Federal funding goes towards services such as STD screenings and contraception. However, despite the fact that federal funding can be stopped for the organization, it's unlikely that it will reduce the number of abortions performed by doctors. Defunding this organization due to moral beliefs on abortion, especially when it's literally proven that legal ones save more lives than when it was illegal, is virtually pointless, as abortions will continue to take place, funds or no funds, legal or nonlegal. It will just be a major blow to the whole organization, which will be devastating to its patients and the government eventually.
Aside from all the benefits and necessities of what the Planned Parenthood organization has to offer, its defunding would be fairly costly. If Congress were to pass a bill that defunds it, it will need it to provide enough funding so it doesn't have a shut down at around October 1st. Actually, by defunding it, its going to increase government spending by $130 million over a decade. Most of the federal funding comes from Medicaid, and its defunding would reduce 5% to 25% of current patients. To cover additional births (and the rest of the child's needs), Medicaid would end up increasing $650 million over the next decade. If Planned Parenthood continues to be funded, birth rates decrease dramatically, and the overall cost of Medicaid does as well, even if it does still seem a bit expensive. Statistics show that by providing access to contraception, the federal government saves $3.74 through unwanted births to cover. Many women also, like the federal government, cannot afford a baby, and without access to Planned Parenthood's services, become 3 times more likely to fall into poverty. No matter the side one is on, it can be agreed upon that defunding it is extremely costly, in every aspect, and isn't very viable, since Congress can't find a way to not have a shut down.
Of all of Planned Parenthood's benefits, abortion is the most controversial - and probably one of the most necessary benefits. When Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973, it ended an era of unsafe abortions, mostly "back alley butchers," whom were invested in money alone, leaving many women dead or injured. Since it's been legalized, death rates due to illegal abortion have declined dramatically, from rates of 17% in 1965 to 3.4% in 1973. Today, death by abortion is increased by how long the pregnancy is, from 1/1,00,000 deaths in the first 8 weeks to 8.9 to the first 20. By open access to legal abortions, women don't suffer "...from lower levels of education and higher levels of poverty, as well as from a lower ratio of female-to male earnings." If Planned Parenthood is banned due to abortions, not only will patients reap the benefits and health care of the whole organization, but death rates and poverty levels will increase dramatically, as "back alley butchers" will slowly reappear. By banning defunding Planned Parenthood due to abortions, it is defunding life-saving programs such as this.
If this organization is defunded, not only will it become a "...cruel ploy that would punish women and hit people with low incomes, people living in rural communities, and people of color the hardest," it will block patients from public health care programs like Medicaid and Title X. They get this care at Planned Parenthood centers. These programs provide health coverage for low income patients, and by blocking this off, they won't have access to necessary health care and preventive care of all kinds. It's literally being attempted to be defunded by anti-abortionists like Mike Pence. They see abortion as the whole issue and ignore every other aspect of Planned Parenthood, for it's shut down due to abortion (and moral beliefs), patients will not be able to get health care. It would be a national health disaster, as millions would loose their access to Planned Parenthood programs. By shutting it down, it'd hurt people of color, the most (as well as rural area living people and people of low incomes). They already face unfair systematic barriers for health care, and by defunding it, it's a direct attack on them, as they're 21% of this service.
Planned Parenthood is the largest nonprofit organization that provides reproductive and sexual health care in the United States. Its services provide for nearly 5 million people globally. Its services include abortion, sexual education, pregnancy prevention and birth control, STD screening and treatment, pap smears, breast exams, and research. Its a service that provides to the wealthy and the poor, for "...80% of patients have incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty level." That same 80% use its services to help prevent unwanted pregnancies. The organization says that it prevents an estimated 579,000 unwanted pregnancies per year, contraception accounting for 34%, vs. 3% of the services that it provides is abortion. This life-saving organization faces defunding due to the 3% of its services - abortion. "We don't want to commit taxpayer funding for abortion, and Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider," House Speaker Paul Ryan declares. However, most of this services federal funds goes towards pregnancy prevention, other women's health services, STD screenings, and birth control.