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A Vital Service (Full Movie)

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Published on Feb 1, 2012

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©2012 Planned Parenthood® Federation of America

"A VITAL SERVICE (FULL MOVIE)" - PLANNED PARENTHOOD
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...State Rep. Tishaura Jones: There needs to be something there in the community to say "Come to us. We can help you." And that's what Planned Parenthood did for me when I was scared and in college and miles away from my parents.

Mary: I don't think many people understand how difficult the decision is if you find yourself pregnant and you may not want to be pregnant or it may not be planned.

Reverend Timothy McDonald: I think what we do is provide people with all of the available options that are out there. All of the information and then allow them through their own spiritual journey to make decisions...


A Vital Service -- African American Stories of Reproductive Health Care...

...Courtney: I have endometriosis, which is something that frequently causes infertility in women, and I've always known that one of my biggest life goals was to be a mom...

...Courtney: I could afford the medication through Planned Parenthood, whereas I couldn't afford it just straight through the pharmacy or on my own...

...US Rep. Gwen Moore: The ability for women to control their reproductive health is intricately tied to their being able to pursue their lives in different directions....

...Veronica: My day could start off with a teenager who has just found out she's pregnant, very devastated, was not educated at all on sexual health, birth control, or STDs.

African-American teens aged 15-19 have higher rates of pregnancy, birth, and abortion than white teens...

...State Rep. Tishaura Jones: When I was about twenty (20), or twenty one (21) years old, Planned Parenthood saved my life. When I went to Planned Parenthood and had my pap smear, they discovered precancerous cells on my cervix and discovered that I had HPV.

HPV infection can lead to cervical cancer.
Regular testing is the most effective means of prevention...

...African-American women with cervical cancer are twice as likely to die from the disease as white women...

...African Americans are 14% of the U.S. population, but have 69% of gonorrhea cases and about half of all cases of chlamydia, HIV/AIDS, and syphilis...

...Reverend Timothy McDonald: Georgia was one of the states that was chosen by this religious right-funded group to launch this campaign around abortion that says that black children are an endangered species because so many black women are having abortions. The moment I saw that, my blood just rushed to my head.

State Rep. Tishaura Jones: Recently, Missouri Right to Life has erected billboards in the black community saying that the worst place for an African American is in the womb, and I am personally offended as a black woman and as a mother that I can't decide what's best for my children, that I can't decide how to raise or make the best decisions for my body...

...Reverend Timothy McDonald Sermon: What Planned Parenthood tries to help us to do is to have all of the knowledge, all of the information, all of the resources, so that we can make intelligent decisions about our sexuality and our sexual involvement and won't be afraid to spell the word "sex"...

...Reverend Timothy McDonald Sermon: Everybody knows about sex but, we don't want to talk about it, especially in the church. But parents, 70% of our children today being born are being raised in single family households because somebody didn't talk to the young boy nor the young girl...

...Rep. Mike Pence Newscast: And let's end taxpayer support for abortion providers, specifically Planned Parenthood...

...State Rep. Tishaura Jones: 97% of what they do is reproductive health, making sure women have access to health care, to proper health care...

...Rep. Gwen Moore: I knew from my own experience that there was a whole range of services that Planned Parenthood offered other than termination of pregnancies, and even if we were to talk about terminating pregnancies, I resented the hypocrisy of the speakers on the floor. I mean, these are the same people that were cutting off women, infant, and children programs. The same people who want to curtail food stamps and take a billion dollars out of it. The same people who have introduced legislation to cut a billion dollars out of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Act...

...The attempt to defund Planned Parenthood was defeated. For now...

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