How Extreme Politicians are Trying to Shut Down Planned Parenthood — And What You Can Do To Fight Back
“Defunding” Planned Parenthood really means blocking patients who depend on public health care funds (like Medicaid, Title X, and other government programs) from getting their care at Planned Parenthood health centers.
The Obama Administration’s rule says that states can’t block people from accessing preventive care at a health center just because its organization also provides safe, legal abortion. However, the next administration could undo it.
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Last night the Ohio legislature rushed through a ban on abortion at six weeks of pregnancy — before most women even know they’re pregnant. The bill would, in effect, outlaw abortion in Ohio.
Fear of an HHS secretary like Price is why Planned Parenthood has seen a significant increase in in online appointments for birth control, with a more than ten-fold increase in people seeking IUDs the first week following the election. People are worried they will lose their health care.
Since Donald Trump was elected president, Planned Parenthood health centers have received a deluge of calls from patients and supporters asking if they can still get the health care they need, if Planned Parenthood is staying open — and even if abortion is still legal. Don’t panic.
When Donald Trump was declared the next president of the United States, people who love Planned Parenthood clamored to make sense of it all. What can you do right now if you care about Planned Parenthood? Try these seven things.
Trump’s rhetoric could lead to real voter suppression and violence. And when Trump indicated that he’d reject the election’s results if he loses, he wasn’t just whining — he was stoking his supporters’ threats of violence, and encouraging voter intimidation and racial profiling at the polls.
Now that the bulk of these debates have concluded for the cycle, let’s take a look at a handful of candidates endorsed by Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations that have stood up for women’s health and rights.