What does "Defunding" Planned Parenthood Really Mean?

What does "Defunding" Planned Parenthood Really Mean?

Anti-abortion politicians and extremists are spreading misinformation in an attempt to obscure  what they’re really trying to do and hide how their attacks on Planned Parenthood would hurt patients. “Defunding” Planned Parenthood is part of a larger agenda to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers and make it impossible to access safe, legal abortion in America.

It's time to fight back.

Action #1: Tell Congress: Don't Attack Planned Parenthood

We're in the fight of our lives to protect access to care — and we need you with us. Extreme politicians are trying to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers and cut patients off from care.

This is the most serious threat to patients in Planned Parenthood's 100-year history. "Defunding" Planned Parenthood could cut 2.5 million patients off from essential care, with devastating impacts on some of our most vulnerable communities.

No matter how many times you've spoken out before, we need your voice NOW. We're going to flood members of Congress with a petition demanding they stop this dangerous bill.

>> Call your Represenatative NOW


Action #2: Call your state legislator

Call your legislator right now and urge them to protect Planned Parenthood.

The Minnesota House and the Minnesota Senate is considering a variety of bills that would negatively impact Planned Parenthood and the services they provide. These include:

  • HF1128: A health care reinsurance bill that relies on junk science and misinformation to reduce access to contraception by miscategorizing IUDs and Emergency Contraception as “abortifacients.” Not only are IUDs and EC not “abortifacients,” they actually help reduce unintended pregnancies and, therefore, abortions.  
  • HF812 / SF704: A TRAP bill that would impose unnecessary and burdensome restrictions that would shut down clinics across the state. This bill is almost identical to the one that the Supreme Court struck down in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. Like similar laws in other states, this bill is designed to shut down abortion providers, which will endanger women’s health. 
  • HF809 / SF702: A bill that would eliminate abortion coverage for Medicaid insured women. A person’s source of health insurance shouldn’t determine whether or not they can access an abortion. Their health and safety should come first. Politicians shouldn’t be able to deny a woman’s health coverage just because she’s poor. 
  • HF1962: A bill that would deny tens of thousands of Minnesota women access to Planned Parenthood by cutting off the state funding and federal funding that many women rely on in order to get basic reproductive health care like birth control, clinical breast exams, and cervical cancer screenings.

>> Call your legislator

Hello, my name is _____________ and I’m a constituent from [CITY or ZIP CODE]. I want you to know that I stand with Planned Parenthood and the services they provide. [Enter optional personal story of why you stand with Planned Parenthood]. Attacking health care is NOT how I want my elected officials to spend their time. As your constituent, I urge you to vote against any bill that would limit access to reproductive health care in Minnesota.


Minnesota stands with Planned Parenthood

  • Polls show 69 percent of Minnesotans want to see funding for the family planning and contraceptive services Planned Parenthood provides stay the same or increase.
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood would mean blocking 65,000 patients from accessing birth control and cancer screenings.

Call your Representatives RIGHT NOW and tell them that you’re a part of the overwhelming majority that opposes defunding care at Planned Parenthood health centers.

Need to leave a message? No problem. Make sure you leave your name, zip code, and tell them you're a constituent.

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It's up to us to protect access to Planned Parenthood services so they are available to people who rely on them. It's up to us to make sure Planned Parenthood clinics will be there wherever and whenever they are needed—no matter what.

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