When you hear Planned Parenthood, you probably think about abortion services. That's because pro-life advocates have done a good job making the two nearly synonmous. But abortions make up just 3 percent of the total procedures performed at Planned Parenthood clinics each year (though that stat has stirred up some controversy).
Take a look at all of the other services Planned Parenthood offers:
Breaking those numbers down further, here are the five most common procedures:
- STI tests
- Reversible contraception (e.g., IUDs)
- Emergency contraception kits (e.g., Plan B)
- Pregnancy tests
- HIV tests
Yes, it's all related to sexual health—that's the whole point of Planned Parenthood—but not in the way you might think. As the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary, it's as good of a time as any other to recognize all of the impressive work Planned Parenthood does to keep us safe and empowered while sexually active.