Like any other health care provider, Planned Parenthood is reimbursed for the high-quality, affordable health care services we provide. This funding—in addition to other federal funding programs that support family planning services—is essential to ensuring that any patient, regardless of income or insurance status, can access life-saving health care services at Planned Parenthood.
The last few years have brought a slew of attacks on Planned Parenthood’s funding from anti-women, anti-health care politicians. Attacks on funding for Planned Parenthood health centers target low-income earning and uninsured patients—and are inherently classist.
Federal “Defund” Efforts
2017 brought four failed attempts in Congress to repeal Obamacare and “defund” Planned Parenthood from Medicaid. Like any other health care provider, Planned Parenthood health centers are reimbursed with Medicaid funding for specific services rendered. Removing Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid reimbursements would have blocked 24,000 low-income Minnesotans—36% of Planned Parenthood patients—from accessing cancer screenings, birth control and STD testing and treatment at their local Planned Parenthood health centers.
In 2018 and 2019, the Trump Administration has moved to “defund” Planned Parenthood from Title X, the 50-year-old comprehensive family planning program for low-income Americans, by instituting a “gag rule” that would prevent providers from counseling, referring or performing abortions. If a Title X gag rule goes into effect, 53,000 Planned Parenthood patients who rely on Title X-funded clinics could lose access to life-saving health care, cancer screening, birth control, and STD testing.
UPDATE (June 2019): The courts have allowed the Trump Administration’s Title X gag rule to go into effect in every state except Maryland. Litigation is ongoing.