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Where Do Women Turn When Planned Parenthood Is Gone?


Where Do Women Turn When Planned Parenthood Is Gone?

When conservatives made the big push to defund Planned Parenthood, they swore the issue was not about denying women health care services, but about protecting taxpayer dollars from waste. Two recent reports from the front lines of the Planned Parenthood battle show otherwise.

As Kate Sheppard reports, when officials in Shelby County, Tennessee took nearly $400,000 in state funding from the local Planned Parenthood, the Obama administration had to step in and fund the clinic directly. But instead of funding Planned Parenthood, originally local leaders directed that money to a religious organization that provides some women’s health care services. Needless to say, the taxpayer dollars were not well used.

Between July 2011 and June 2012, more than $500,000 of the $1.3 million grant the county received was not used at all. Hannah Sayle reports that Christ Community Health Services was averaging just 51 Title X visits per month in early 2012, compared to Planned Parenthood’s 841 visits in August 2011.

Amazing. When an organization isn’t interested in providing family planning services, women eventually have to turn elsewhere for that care. As Sheppard reports, the number of Title X visits in the state didn’t go down, but they did in Shelby County, meaning women had to travel outside of the county to get the care they need. The demand for health care didn’t go down, it just became less accessible.

The same is true in Texas where reporter Andrea Grimes chronicled her efforts trying to find a health care provider under the state’s Women’s Health Program for a well-woman visit. Even in a major metropolitan area like Austin, Texas trying to find a clinic to provide low-income, quality reproductive health care now that the state has excluded Planned Parenthood from its funding regime is practically impossible. In one instance, Texas officials listed a colonscopy clinic as one of the places a woman could go for a pap smear. When Grimes called to try and schedule an appointment and inquire about the services, clinic workers were understandably confused.

We can expect similar stories out of states like Ohio and Arizona as more and more hard-right legislatures set their sights on family planning services. And as these case studies develop, we are learning what we already knew: making health care services inaccessible won’t make the need for those services go away. Instead, it makes women go to greater expense and hardship to simply take care of their bodies. And when it’s too much, women will simply skip visits. In the case of well-women visits, that means a missed cancer screen. For some women, well-visits are the only time they visit a doctor absent an emergency, so that means fewer checks for other chronic conditions.

The inevitable conclusion to these developments is of course an increasingly segregated and discriminatory method of delivering health care to women. The Ann Romneys of the world will always have access to the health care they want and they need. But working women will not. This isn’t hypothetical, it’s happening.

Related Stories:

Pennsylvania Joins Rush to Defund Planned Parenthood

Ohio GOP Move to Strip Planned Parenthood of Funds

Arizona Moves to Defund Planned Parenthood

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/when-planned-parenthood-leaves-who-provides-the-care.html#ixzz26eQAPqDX


Planned Parenthood … Makes a big difference in the lives of young women &Men… college etc etc

Washington State Voters need to call call call Governor Inslee ASAP

Sharon Dudash removes a poster that has two people on it holding hands, touching noses

Sharon Dudash pulls a marketing photograph from a wall at Planned Parenthood in Kent on March 10, 2021. Planned Parenthood of the greater Northwest region has been facing financial struggles compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut)

Young people have moved away from home or as College-aged kids often don’t have a place to turn to… Planned Parenthood helped a whole lot of people in the late ’70s and ’80s make good choices that would have taken them into dire straights as too young inexperienced parents. and while they had options with planned parenthood … This organization does much much more to help the community of all who inhabit it, so tell your member of Congress having Planned Parenthood in your community is so needed as a Choice because it’s all about Choices… A woman has a right to choose! Women should also have access to afforded healthcare that this organization also offers …The idea that members of the right don’t agree with this is beyond confusing

– Nativegrl77

Take Action: Women and Families in Danger

The Republican House leadership is proposing major cuts in programs that affect women and families. The House is expected to vote on this “continuing resolution” later this week.

Please help us fight back by sending a clear message to the House of Representatives — Vote against the Continuing Resolution.   www.nwlc.org

The Continuing Resolution for FY 2011 proposed by House Republican leaders cuts supports for women and girls at every stage of life. It:

Eliminates the Title X family planning programs that provide funding for contraception and other preventive care to over five million women and men each year

Cuts Head Start and child care for 368,000 children

Cuts millions from nutrition programs for pregnant women and their children

Cuts funding for prenatal care

Eliminates funding for the Women’s Educational Equity Program that helps schools comply with Title IX

Cuts funding for Pell grants, which help low-income women afford college, by more than $800 per student

Cuts funding needed to keep Social Security offices open and for meals, housing, and other supports for elderly women

In addition, the Continuing Resolution also cuts funding for education, housing, food safety, environmental protection, and more.

Take action today and make sure your Representative opposes these drastic cuts.  www.nwlc.org

The debate over next year’s budget also moved into high gear this week, with the release of President Obama’s budget for Fiscal Year 2012. We’ll be sending you information shortly about what the President’s budget would mean for women and their families.

The fights over national priorities, for this year and years to come, will be tough. We’re counting on you!


Joan Entmacher

Vice President, Family Economic Security

National Women’s Law Center