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We believe everyone deserves access to affordable, quality reproductive and sexual health care—and that means Medicaid and Title X funding for Planned Parenthood health centers.

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.

2017 and 2018 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

Congress and the Trump Administration are launching politically-motivated, multi-pronged attacks to “defund” Planned Parenthood and prevent more than 1 million patients from coming to Planned Parenthood for care.

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.

The Trump Administration has also moved to “defund” Planned Parenthood from Title X, the 40-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, 51,000 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.

Minnesota “Defund” Efforts

“Defund” attacks aren’t just coming from the federal level- Minnesota lawmakers also have a history of trying to “defund” Planned Parenthood and reduce funding for vital family planning services.

In 2017, Minnesota lawmakers introduced legislation that would block access to Planned Parenthood for tens of thousands of patients who rely on Title X to fund their care. Statewide polls in 2016 showed that 69 percent of Minnesotans want to see funding for the family planning and contraceptive services Planned Parenthood provides stay the same or increase. The legislation was introduced but failed to move.

Also in 2017, Minnesota lawmakers attempted to cut family planning funding by more than $2 million, harming low-income Minnesotans the most. Cutting family planning funds would leave thousands of women and their families without care - exacerbating poor health outcomes for low-income women and their families and worsening the already stark health disparities plaguing our state. Family planning funding was saved by Governor Dayton when he refused to sign budget that contained the cut.

Protect Family Planning Funding in Minnesota

Contact your elected officials and ask them to support HF 1084 / SF 1293, a bill that will increase funding for the state-based Family Planning Special Projects (FPSP) grant. Let your legislators know that Minnesotans value funding for family planning and preventive health care.

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