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How anti-abortion politicians are trying to shut down Planned Parenthood — and what you can do to fight back
Extreme politicians, led by Vice President Mike Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary designee Tom Price, want to shut down Planned Parenthood. One of their key tactics is to push legislation misleadingly named “defunding” Planned Parenthood — a cruel ploy that would punish women and hit people with low incomes, people living in rural communities, and people of color the hardest.
Why are Planned Parenthood health centers so important?
Because Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider and advocate. Its health centers provide supportive reproductive health care to 2.5 million people in a year. An estimated one in five women has relied on Planned Parenthood health centers for care in her lifetime. That’s why a majority of Americans support Planned Parenthood, and why so many people are saying #IStandWithPP.
Here is everything you need to know about these attacks on Planned Parenthood patients in Congress and the devastation they would wreak on women’s health care.
Impact: If Congress shuts down Planned Parenthood
2.5 million people a year would lose access to birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests and more.
Main Line of Attack on Access to Care at Planned Parenthood
“Defunding” Planned Parenthood really means blocking patients who rely on public health care programs (like Medicaid and Title X) from getting their care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Approximately 60% of Planned Parenthood patients rely on these programs to access care, and most of those patients use Medicaid.
Anti-abortion politicians like Mike Pence target Planned Parenthood health centers because they provide abortion. But it’s already federal law that patients cannot use federal funding, like Medicaid, for abortion (except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the woman is at risk). Instead, “defund” legislation prevents patients who are already struggling to get by — or who already face barriers to accessing health care — from getting essential, preventive care like birth control, cancer screenings, well-woman exams, STD tests and treatment, and other care at Planned Parenthood health centers.
Bottom line: “Defunding” Planned Parenthood is part of a larger agenda to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers and make it impossible to access safe, legal abortion in America.
History of Attacks Against Planned Parenthood
For years, backward politicians in Congress and statehouses across the country have attacked Planned Parenthood’s patients’ access to care — sometimes based on doctored videos, failed entrapments, and false accusations. See the decades-long fanatical crusade against Planned Parenthood.
Ways to Help Planned Parenthood
Anti-abortion politicians in Congress are trying to block people from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers. If they succeed in “defunding” Planned Parenthood and shutting down health centers, they’ll cut 2.5 million patients off from essential care — with devastating impacts on vulnerable communities. It’s time to fight back. Here are the top ways to say #IStandWithPP.
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Call your representative and tell them that you’re a part of the overwhelming majority that opposes defunding care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Call your rep now!
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It’s going to take all of us standing together to defend reproductive health and rights in the face of this latest attack. These attacks are a drain on our resources at a time when Planned Parenthood patients are counting on us to defend their access to care, no matter what. Please, make a special gift today to help Planned Parenthood stand strong.