Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (PPFA), or Planned Parenthood, is a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care in the United States and globally. PPFA is the largest single provider of reproductive health services, including abortion, in the U.S.
Planned Parenthood is an advocate for the legal and political protection of reproductive rights. This advocacy includes helping to sponsor abortion rights and women's rights events. The Federation opposes restrictions on women's reproductive health services, including parental consent laws for minors.
Citing the need for medically accurate information in sex education, Planned Parenthood opposes abstinence-only education in public schools. Instead, Planned Parenthood is a provider of, and endorses, comprehensive sex education, which includes discussion of both abstinence and birth control.
Planned Parenthood spends money on politics and elections through the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (its federal political action committee), through its Super PAC, and through a variety of related 501(c)(4) entities. Planned Parenthood endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton finally stepped up Thursday to defend Planned Parenthood against the outcry over hidden-camera video of the organization’s executives selling fetal organs, calling it an “attack on a woman’s right to choose.” The forceful defense broke two weeks of silence from Mrs. Clinton, a longtime ally of the group, since the first video was posted online showing a top Planned Parenthood executive trading in unborn body parts.
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