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Young Thug's Latest Tweet Reveals the Truth About Planned Parenthood

Young Thug is donating the proceeds of his concert to Planned Parenthood, and he's doing it for a reason that shatters misconceptions about the health organization.

On Thursday, Jeffery "Young Thug" Williams, tweeted that he would donate the proceeds from his show that evening to Planned Parenthood because he was once a teenage parent. The rapper grew up in low-income, public housing in Atlanta, Georgia, becoming a father at 17 years old.

Twitter users were overwhelmingly supportive of his pledge to donate to the health organization.

The 25-year-old's tweet contradicts a popular misconception about Planned Parenthood.

The "Beautiful Thugger Girls" rapper's tweet implied he used Planned Parenthood as a teen to take care of his baby and the child's mom, not to get an abortion, an association often made by the health organization's opponents.

Abortion is only 3 percent of the medical services the organization provides to the public. However, conservatives who oppose abortion have launched a push to pull federal funds from Planned Parenthood because it offers abortion services, at all, despite the fact that the Hyde Amendment has restricted federal funds from being used for abortion since 1976.

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On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump along with running mate Vice President Mike Pence positioned themselves as staunch opponents of the organization, and have continued to champion stripping the organization of federal funding unless it stops providing abortions. The Republican House and Senate bills set out to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, have provisions that seek to pull funding from the organization.

In reality, Planned Parenthood offers a wide range of medical services to women and men, and it often provides resources to low-income or marginalized people, including low-income teens, like Williams before he reached fame. The organization provides services that include cancer screenings, maternity care, vasectomies, treatment for urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual education, just to name a few, to millions of women and men.

A 28 day pack of birth control pills.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards spoke to ATTN: about the proposed repeal of Obamacare and the attack on funding for her organization. She said that politicians who want to pull funding from Planned Parenthood are going to hurt people who simply need basic preventative health care.

"You know, the interesting thing is patients come to us from all walks of life," she told ATTN: on June 23. "The folks that come to our health centers — we have more than 650 health centers in the U.S. — they come to us for affordable high-quality health care. And they don’t come to make a political statement."

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