Constituents are coming to Capitol Hill to tell their leaders in Congress that they won’t stand for attacks on Planned Parenthood, and that cutting access to care at Planned Parenthood will put lives at risk.
Members of Congress return to Washington this week and will soon decide on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and whether to cut patients off from basic health care at Planned Parenthood health centers. That’s why 150 Planned Parenthood patients and providers from across the country are traveling to Washington, DC on March 1 to share their personal stories with members of Congress.
It’s all part of the “We Are Planned Parenthood” Capitol Takeover Day, when Planned Parenthood supporters will show their elected officials the devastating consequences that “defunding” Planned Parenthood would create for their communities. Supporters will tell their senators and representatives why they should oppose any attempt to rip health care away from Planned Parenthood patients.
Planned Parenthood patients don’t make appointments as a political statement. They go to Planned Parenthood health centers for compassionate, affordable, high-quality health care. Here are just a few of their stories.Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
Without a resource like Planned Parenthood, I probably wouldn’t be alive. I wouldn’t have known about my cancer, until it was too late. They caught it early. And the way it advanced after we knew about it, proves to me, that I was so very lucky.
When people talk about Planned Parenthood, they seem to only mention abortion. I was not there to get an abortion. I have never been pregnant. I was a patient because that is what I could afford for such things as birth control, and yearly health checkups. I can’t imagine what will happen to the state of women’s health in this country if the defunded goes through. How many will we unnecessarily lose because people can’t see the big picture?
I am not a mother, but I am a daughter, sister, friend, business owner, and one hell of an aunt.
One other thing I am…. I am alive, because of Planned Parenthood.
The “We Are Planned Parenthood” Capitol Takeover comes days after Planned Parenthood supporters stormed town halls, showed up at district offices, and convened their own town halls during recess to tell politicians that they will not stand for attacks on access to care at Planned Parenthood. It also comes days after a leaked draft of House Republicans’ bill to repeal the ACA included a provision to “defund” Planned Parenthood — the only provision not directly related to the ACA.
The term “defunding” Planned Parenthood is a misnomer. There is no blank check that Planned Parenthood gets from the federal government, and it’s not a line item in the federal budget. Instead, federal “defund” legislation would prevent millions of women who rely on Medicaid from accessing the health care provider that’s been there for them for decades. This policy comes from anti-abortion politicians, but federal insurance (like Medicaid) already is prohibited from covering abortion. Instead, “defunding” cuts women off from cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing and treatment, and other preventive care.
The bill being considered would only serve to deny Medicaid patients, a low income population that already struggles to afford and access care, to see their provider at Planned Parenthood health centers. This is cruel, discriminatory, and defies decades of medical and public health expertise. “Defunding” and shutting down Planned Parenthood would result in 2.5 million women and men losing access to essential and preventive health care, and that would have a devastating impact on health care in America.
About Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood health centers are an irreplaceable resource for women, men, and young people:
More than six in 10 women who obtained care at a publicly funded center providing contraceptive services between 2006–2010 considered Planned Parenthood their usual source of medical care. Many of them would have nowhere else to go if Planned Parenthood was “defunded.”
If Planned Parenthood shut down, other health care providers could not absorb its patients — in part because over half of Planned Parenthood providers are in underserved areas.
Polling shows that voters overwhelmingly support Planned Parenthood: 62% are opposed to “defunding.” When voters who support “defunding” learn what it actually means, only 12% continue to support it.
Every person, no matter who they are or how much money they make, deserves access to reproductive health care.