Women need Planned Parenthood

  • Women need Planned Parenthood

Women need Planned Parenthood

According to The New York Times, the White House has issued Planned Parenthood an informal compromise that would preserve the organization's federal funding, most of which could be stripped should legislation unveiled on Monday that would repeal major components of Obamacare be passed by Congress and signed into law.

He comments, "No woman should have to go to an abortion clinic to get basic health care services". Planned Parenthood officials rejected the offer, with executive vice president Dawn Laguens telling The New York Times that federal funds already "do not pay for abortions" and that the Trump administration's offer was "a deal we would never accept".

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Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, which includes CT and Rhode Island, would stand to lose more than $5 million in annual federal funding. Vice President Mike Pence is a vocal opponent of abortion, citing his Roman Catholic beliefs, and new US health secretary Tom Price has supported "defunding" Planned Parenthood. Many people, often of the Republican Party, wish to defund Planned Parenthood because of one aspect of their services, abortion.

As a staunchly pro-life President, many have expected Trump to work towards banning abortion altogether. Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes provides STI tests for over 2,000 patients, pap tests for almost 5,000 women and nearly 3,000 breast and cervical cancer screenings annually.

So what would it actually mean to "defund" Planned Parenthood?

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Due to their pro-life positions, Republicans in Congress regularly vote to attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

"When politicians talk about "defunding" Planned Parenthood, what they are really saying is that they want to deny basic health care to men and women who receive Medicaid and rely on Planned Parenthood for care", Nicole Clegg, vice president of public policy, for Planned Parenthood said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) claimed Tuesday that "millions" of women "turn" to Planned Parenthood for mammograms.

The push to defund Planned Parenthood, a clinic that offers reproductive healthcare like cancer screenings and contraception to 31,000 patients in MA, stems from its ability to offer abortions.

Ignoring the fact that Trump was vocally pro-choice until running for the Republican nomination (because hey, as Americans we have the right to decide that a woman's autonomy is negotiable, right?) this statement is beyond troubling.