Elissa M. California

The Importance of Public Healthcare Organizations

Closing down public healthcare centers, such as Planned Parenthood, is a disservice to millions of Americans.

Dear Madam/Mr President,

I would like to address the issue of protecting women’s health care and reproductive rights. It is my firm belief that all people residing in the United States of America should have access to proper healthcare.

It is incredibly important that adequate healthcare is accessible to females and I ask you to advocate for companies that are dedicated to providing care for women. Organizations such as Planned Parenthood are getting closed down, taking away care that so many US residents rely on. A common misconception, the idea that Planned Parenthood’s sole purpose is to found abortions, has caused the more conservative portion of our country to demand these establishments close. However, these decisions are based on false facts, as abortions make up only 3% of the services Planned Parenthood provides.

Closing down these organizations that so many rely on is a disservice to millions of Americans. Planned Parenthood provides five hundred thousand breast exams per year and four hundred thousand pap smears per year. In 2013 alone, Planned Parenthood performed 4.5 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases. Furthermore, it is said that close to 30% of all women in the United States who use contraceptives obtain them at a publicly funded health center. The thought that millions of Americans would no longer be able to rely on these services is frightening.

Madam (or Mr.) President, I ask you to please consider the ramifications of shutting down public health centers and to advocate for organizations that provide healthcare to millions of Americans.


Elissa Markowitz 

Marlborough School

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