Americans support funding organizations that assist women in cancer screenings and reproductive health services, but do not support Planned Parenthood in the wake of the nonprofit’s incriminating videos, according to a new poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos.
Of those polled, 73 percent said they support federal funding for a group that provides women’s health exams, cancer screenings, prenatal instructions and services, and other women’s health needs. Of respondents, 69 percent backed taxpayer funding for prenatal services and 59 percent supported funds for contraception. The support for all these services changes when Planned Parenthood is mentioned.
Before the description or viewing of the videos that allegedly show Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of fetal body parts, 54 percent of respondents agreed with federally funding the organization. After the videos were viewed, only 44 percent supported funding Planned Parenthood with taxpayer dollars. Once the videos were described to those polled, that number dropped to 39 percent.
Republicans who were interviewed differed on their opinions of whether or not to fund Planned Parenthood with taxpayer money. Renee Harrison, a Republican from Wisconsin, agreed with funding the health organization.
“We have so many young people having babies when they’re babies themselves,” she said, adding that she would support any method to reduce it. Kathy Scholl of Texas said that she did not want her money going to pay for any part of the organization. “I just don’t think they ought to receive my money that I pay in taxes,” she said.
So far, seven videos have been released by the Center for Medical Progress that seem to show Planned Parenthood employees discussing buying and selling body parts from the bodies of aborted fetuses. The nonprofit said abortions only make up 3 percent of its services. Currently, the organization receives $500 million annually from the federal government.