Planned Parenthood has always wanted to work with minors. They have created a market for themselves by linking up with the sex ed programs in high schools across the country. And they have worked hard to create a young, modern image across social media. They have also put a great deal of effort into driving a wedge between children and their parents.
They recently advertised their Take Charge program, a Medicaid plan to help low income women get access to birth control. The program is funded on both federal and state levels and provides family planning services including well woman exams, the morning-after pill, STD testing, and birth control.
While income requirements must be met, a child can get access to Take Charge and free birth control without her parents ever knowing, even if the child is on her parents’ health insurance.
On their website, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest writes to teens:
If you do not want your parents to know you’re using birth control and keep the services you receive confidential, you may apply for Take Charge. Your parents’ insurance will not be billed.
While applicants must provide proof of income, teens do not need to report their parents’ income, making it much easier for them to gain access to free birth control, including the IUD, a dangerous implanted form.
Women who have used IUDs have complained of severe pain, and have suffered from perforated uterine walls and even IUDs which have migrated outside the uterus. One woman had to have stomach tissue removed along with an appendectomy and hysterectomy due to complications from an IUD. Another woman had to have her rib cage broken in order for doctors to remove an IUD that migrated beyond her uterus.
Despite these dangerous complications, one high school in Seattle implanted IUDs in teens without their parents’ knowledge or consent using the Take Charge program. Planned Parenthood will do the same.
Young girls’ lives will be put on the line in the name of free birth control so that Planned Parenthood will gain new clients. Take Charge doesn’t cover STD treatment or follow-up exams for abnormal Pap smears.
What parents don’t know can definitely end up hurting their daughters.