What You Should Know About Planned Parenthood

Abortion services make up a tiny portion of what the organization actually does

Planned Parenthood is one of the socially conservative set’s favorite targets. Ted Cruz tried to use PP as a weapon to discredit the Republican credentials of Marco Rubio—despite the fact that both men have voted to defund the organization that exists to provide reproductive health care for women. And Ohio Governor John Kasich did his “I wanna be a presidential candidate!” due diligence earlier this year by signing a bill that would block government funds to Planned Parenthood in his state.

In a somewhat hilarious twist, the actual future GOP nominee, Donald Trump, has been the one to speak out in defense of Planned Parenthood! At one press event in February he said, “Planned Parenthood has done very good work for many, many—for millions of women… I’m a conservative, but I’m a common-sense conservative.” And then later on Meet The Press he defended the organization again by saying, “I have many, many friends who are women who understand Planned Parenthood better than you or I will ever understand it. And they do some very good work. Cervical cancer, lots of women’s issue, women’s health issues are taken care of.”

Hey, even a broken clock is wrong twice a day! (And before you get all excited, Trump did also manage to say that as president he would not fund Planned Parenthood if “it’s doing the abortion.”) But what are these services he speaks of? These “women’s health issues” that Planned Parenthood is addressing? Because according to pro-life camps, the government is just throwing money at “the nation’s biggest abortion conglomerate.”

The video above outlines how much funding Planned Parenthood actually receives and where the money comes from. It also details some of the other services the organization provides—and by other we mean the “vast majority of”—like cancer screenings and contraception services. So if conservative voters really don’t care that much, which they proved by voting for the candidate who speaks out in defense of Planned Parenthood (mostly), and liberals are on board with the pro-choice/pro-affordable reproductive care movement, then why the hell are even still fighting about this?

From where we’re sitting it seems like we should just chuck “defund Planned Parenthood” in a pile with the “the Benghazi e mails” and set the whole thing on fire. Maybe then we could spend the rest of the presidential election season talking about things that resemble actual issues intead of policy smokescreens, and women could keep their access to cervical cancer tests. Just a thought.

Music: Marta by il:lo
Source: Planned Parenthood (

Written and Produced by Gabriel Reilich

Graphics by Jake Infusino

via Gage Skidmore / Flickr and nrkbeta / flickr

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) dropped a bombshell on Tuesday, announcing it had over 900 emails that White House aide Stephen Miller sent to former Breitbart writer and editor Katie McHugh.

According to the SPLC, in the emails, Miller aggressively "promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof's murderous rampage."

Keep Reading Show less
via Around the NFL / Twitter

After three years on the sidelines, Colin Kapernick will be working out for multiple NFL teams on Saturday, November 16 at the Atlanta Falcons facility.

The former 49er quarterback who inflamed the culture wars by peacefully protesting against social injustice during the national anthem made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday.

Kaepernick is scheduled for a 15-minute on-field workout and an interview that will be recorded and sent to all 32 teams. The Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions are expected to have representatives in attendance.

RELATED: Joe Namath Says Colin Kaepernick And Eric Reid Should Be Playing In The NFL

"We like our quarterback situation right now," Miami head coach, Brian Flores said. "We're going to do our due diligence."

NFL Insider Steve Wyche believes that the workout is the NFL's response to multiple teams inquiring about the 32-year-old quarterback. A league-wide workout would help to mitigate any potential political backlash that any one team may face for making an overture to the controversial figure.

Kapernick is an unrestricted free agent (UFA) so any team could have reached out to him. But it's believed that the interested teams are considering him for next season.

RELATED: Video of an Oakland train employee saving a man's life is so insane, it looks like CGI

Earlier this year, Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid reached a financial settlement with the league in a joint collusion complaint. The players alleged that the league conspired to keep them out after they began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Before the 2019 season, Kaepernick posted a video of himself working out on twitter to show he was in great physical condition and ready to play.

Kaepnick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship game in 2013.

He has the 23rd-highest career passer rating in NFL history, the second-best interception rate, and the ninth-most rushing yards per game of any quarterback ever. In 2016, his career to a sharp dive and he won only of 11 games as a starter.


Four black women, Engineers Christine Darden and Mary Jackson, mathematician Katherine Johnson, and computer programmer Dorothy Vaughan, worked as "human computers" at NASA during the Space Race, making space travel possible through their complex calculations. Jackson, Johnson, and Vaughn all played a vital role in helping John Glenn become the first American to orbit the Earth.

They worked behind the scenes, but now they're getting the credit they deserve as their accomplishments are brought to the forefront. Their amazing stories were detailed in the book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly, which was later turned into a movie. (Darden was not featured in the movie, but was in the book). Johnson has a building at NASA named after her, and a street in front of NASA's Washington D.C. headquarters was renamed "Hidden Figures Way."

Keep Reading Show less

Between Alexa, Siri, and Google, artificial intelligence is quickly changing us and the way we live. We no longer have to get up to turn on the lights or set the thermostat, we can find the fastest route to work with a click, and, most importantly, tag our friends in pictures. But interacting with the world isn't the only thing AI is making easier – now we can use it save the world, too.

Keep Reading Show less
Good News
Courtesy of John S. Hutton, MD

A report from Common Sense Media found the average child between the ages of 0 and 8 has 2 hours and 19 minutes of screen time a day, and 35% of their screen time is on a mobile device. A new study conducted by the Cincinnati Children's Hospital published in the journal, JAMA Pediatrics, found exactly what all that screen time is doing to your kid, or more specifically, your kid's developing brain. It turns out, more screen time contributes to slower brain development.

First, researchers gave the kids a test to determine how much and what kind of screen time they were getting. Were they watching fighting or educational content? Were they using it alone or with parents? Then, researchers examined the brains of children aged 3 to 5 year olds by using MRI scans. Forty seven brain-healthy children who hadn't started kindergarten yet were used for the study.

They found that kids who had more than one hour of screen time a day without parental supervision had lower levels of development in their brain's white matter, which is important when it comes to developing cognitive skills, language, and literacy.

Keep Reading Show less