The Changing Face of Planned Parenthood

While receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from Medicaid and federal funds, Planned Parenthood’s long history of avoiding direct political action has recently given way to an aggressive entry into the political arena.

In recent years, however, Planned Parenthood has abandoned its attempt to appear apolitical and become a formidable grassroots operation, instrumental in turning out voters for progressive candidates and issues—and in turning first-time volunteers into trained organizers.

“We were still in the middle of this culture change, from a social-service orientation, where our job is to help people, to a power-building orientation, where our job is to still help people, but through politics.”

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