If the CBO is correct, it could effect a lot of poor areas in the US.
If you saw the second GOP debate last night, you would remember that the candidates spent an uncomfortably long time on (1) debating who defunded Planned Parenthood the best and (2) acting like Planned Parenthood does nothing else but abortions.
I can’t say who defunded Planned Parenthood the best – maybe Jeb Bush (?), because using Title X to defund Planned Parenthood sounds pretty messed-up – but the idea of the organization only providing abortion procedures to its patients is not completely true. They also provide birth control, STD screenings, and other reproductive services to a large swath of women in this country. More often than not, these services are provided to some pretty poor areas across the country.
Yet the question has always been how many women would be affected if Planned Parenthood were to be defunded? According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), it could be a significant amount!
The CBO estimated on Tuesday that around 130,000 to 630,000 patients would lose or would face “reduced” reproductive care if Planned Parenthood were to be defunded. The agency also concluded that those who risk losing care are probably in “areas without access to other health care clinics or medical practitioners who serve low-income populations.”
It’s hard to argue Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide a service to lower income communities. Various studies have shown that if Planned Parenthood were to be defunded by the federal government, it would affect women in the poorest communities.
Earlier this year Congress went into battle over Planned Parenthood funding after tapes resurfaced by pro-life group Center for Medical Progress, claiming Planned Parenthood was selling fetal tissue for profit. Spearheaded by Sen. Rand Paul, the resolution to defund Planned Parenthood didn’t pass, but just barely. The fight looks to take place once again later this week. There are even threats from some in the Republican Party saying they would invoke a government shutdown if Planned Parenthood isn’t defunded before the budget deadline this month!
There is definitely a battle brewin’, we’ll just have to see how it plays out.
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