Again, I feel the need to respond to a letter by Mr. Daniel Fioramonti from last week’s issue (“Do Your Own Research”). He states that my response to his letter of June 29 about Planned Parenthood did not contain facts. He is correct; I did leave out hard and fast statistics for a couple of reasons. The first was that I felt Planned Parenthood could and would respond with actual numbers (and I still believe that they will). The second, and main, reason that I felt my letter didn’t need actual numbers was that Mr. Fioramonti’s letter was so misinformed that it wasn’t necessary to provide them.
In his last letter, Mr. Fioramonti again states that Planned Parenthood’s literature provides “sex counseling techniques designed to get kids addicted to sex.” This is just not true. Educating people about contraception and safe sex does not get them addicted to sex (even kids). However, if it’s facts Mr. Fioramonti wants about the nonprofit Planned Parenthood, here we go:
• Planned Parenthood provides cancer screening and prevention (14.5 percent of medical services), STI/STD testing/treatment (38 percent), other women’s health services (10.4 percent), contraception (33.5 percent), abortion services (3 percent — no tax dollars are used for this service) and other services such as adoption referrals (0.6 percent).
• Their expenses are broken down this way: medical service (68 percent), non-medical domestic program services (15 percent), management/general support (12 percent), fundraising (4 percent) and international family planning (4 percent).
• Planned Parenthood provides pap smears, HIV testing, STD testing, gynecological exams and much more to women (and men) who are in need of their services. It also has education programs and counseling services. It does so much more than Mr. Fioramonti mentions, all for the good of the community.
In summation, it is obvious from his last letter that Mr. Fioramonti does not understand any of the good that this organization does (one of the reasons that Congress did not stop funding the organization).
Some people feel helping the poor with health services (see above list), education to make their own life choices and even spiritual guidance in making those choices is a very valuable service to our community. I am one of those people and welcome Planned Parenthood into the western communities.
Andrew L. Rosen