Planned Parenthood originated in 1916 when Margaret Sanger, already a nationally known birth control advocate, and associates opened the first US birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York. It resulted in her being jailed.
Federal funding has not been available for abortions for 30 years. Indiana Representative Pence cannot, as he claims, be calling for the end of funding for abortions. He is calling for the end of funding for Planned Parenthood, a not-for-profit organization that provides sex education, contraceptives, and regular health services for millions of women who need it the most.
This cannot be about taking the burden of funding abortions off of tax payers, since federal funding does not support abortions. So why, after almost 100 years since the founding of planned parenthood, are we taking such a huge step backward in women's rights?