Impact of the Defunding Planned Parenthood

Decade of “Defund” and Related Attacks

To give you a better sense of how this tactic works, here’s a short history of this one-two punch in action:

2007: After years of manipulative, fake videos and other attacks on Planned Parenthood, Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence (then a member of Congress) introduces the first federal “defunding” legislation and works hard to make it law. Women’s health champions beat back this effort. But the idea spreads and sometimes passes at the state level.

2008-2012: Once again, anti-abortion extremists release a series of doctored videos in an effort to hoodwink legislators and the public into believing Planned Parenthood staff violated the law. Each video is successively debunked. Nevertheless, anti-abortion politicians in Congress ignore this evidence, and bring the federal government to the brink of a shutdown in their effort to “defund” Planned Parenthood in 2011. They fail.

2013: Another set of new videos proves to be deceptively edited and false.

2015: Following the release of more fake videos, anti-abortion politicians once again move to “defund” Planned Parenthood. This time, after failing multiple times, “defunding” legislation passes both Houses of Congress by being attached to a budget reconciliation measure, only to be stopped by President Obama. Rather than criticize these inflammatory and dangerous tactics, the GOP writes “defunding” language into its platform. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood health centers experience an increase in violent attacks and threats across the country.

“Defunding” Would Deny ~40,000 Wisconsinites’ Care at Planned Parenthood

Paul Ryan’s plan to “defund” Planned Parenthood would devastate health care for people in his own state. Many of the approximately 40,000 Wisconsinites who use Medicaid and rely on Planned Parenthood for care would have nowhere else to go for care.

Case in point: More than 70% of counties Planned Parenthood serves in Wisconsin have a shortage of health care providers. There simply aren’t enough reproductive health care providers who take Medicaid who can fill the gap for the care Planned Parenthood centers provide.

 

“Defunding” Hurts Those Already Struggling to Get By

The findings reinforce what we already know: “Defunding” Planned Parenthood hurts people struggling to get by and those who already face barriers to health care — especially people of color, people with low incomes, and people who live in rural areas.

In Wisconsin, 30% of Planned Parenthood health center patients are Black and 19% are Latino (higher proportions than the state’s general population) — these groups already face disproportionate barriers in accessing health care.

Nationwide, more than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or underserved areas. In about one of every five counties Planned Parenthood health centers serve, Planned Parenthood is the only safety-net family planning provider.

 

“Defunding” Planned Parenthood Would Cause a National Health Disaster, with Millions Losing Care

We saw what happened in Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana, when Planned Parenthood shut down and residents of Scott County were left with nowhere to turn for HIV tests in the face of an epidemic. Now, Paul Ryan is threatening the same fate for Wisconsinites and people across the country by denying them access to testing and treatment for STIs, cancer screenings, birth control, and other care.

Think about it: The report indicates that closure of Planned Parenthood health centers in Wisconsin would harm those already facing health care disparities, likely affecting teen birth rates and STI prevalence rates.

Don’t want to see health care taken away?

What you can do to help Planned Parenthood

Decade of “Defund” and Related Attacks

To give you a better sense of how this tactic works, here’s a short history of this one-two punch in action:

2007: After years of manipulative, fake videos and other attacks on Planned Parenthood, Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence (then a member of Congress) introduces the first federal “defunding” legislation and works hard to make it law. Women’s health champions beat back this effort. But the idea spreads and sometimes passes at the state level.

2008-2012: Once again, anti-abortion extremists release a series of doctored videos in an effort to hoodwink legislators and the public into believing Planned Parenthood staff violated the law. Each video is successively debunked. Nevertheless, anti-abortion politicians in Congress ignore this evidence, and bring the federal government to the brink of a shutdown in their effort to “defund” Planned Parenthood in 2011. They fail.

2013: Another set of new videos proves to be deceptively edited and false.

2015: Following the release of more fake videos, anti-abortion politicians once again move to “defund” Planned Parenthood. This time, after failing multiple times, “defunding” legislation passes both Houses of Congress by being attached to a budget reconciliation measure, only to be stopped by President Obama. Rather than criticize these inflammatory and dangerous tactics, the GOP writes “defunding” language into its platform. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood health centers experience an increase in violent attacks and threats across the country.

“Defunding” Would Deny ~40,000 Wisconsinites’ Care at Planned Parenthood

Paul Ryan’s plan to “defund” Planned Parenthood would devastate health care for people in his own state. Many of the approximately 40,000 Wisconsinites who use Medicaid and rely on Planned Parenthood for care would have nowhere else to go for care.

Case in point: More than 70% of counties Planned Parenthood serves in Wisconsin have a shortage of health care providers. There simply aren’t enough reproductive health care providers who take Medicaid who can fill the gap for the care Planned Parenthood centers provide.

“Defunding” Hurts Those Already Struggling to Get By

The findings reinforce what we already know: “Defunding” Planned Parenthood hurts people struggling to get by and those who already face barriers to health care — especially people of color, people with low incomes, and people who live in rural areas.

In Wisconsin, 30% of Planned Parenthood health center patients are Black and 19% are Latino (higher proportions than the state’s general population) — these groups already face disproportionate barriers in accessing health care.

Nationwide, more than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or underserved areas. In about one of every five counties Planned Parenthood health centers serve, Planned Parenthood is the only safety-net family planning provider.

“Defunding” Planned Parenthood Would Cause a National Health Disaster, with Millions Losing Care

We saw what happened in Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana, when Planned Parenthood shut down and residents of Scott County were left with nowhere to turn for HIV tests in the face of an epidemic. Now, Paul Ryan is threatening the same fate for Wisconsinites and people across the country by denying them access to testing and treatment for STIs, cancer screenings, birth control, and other care.

Think about it: The report indicates that closure of Planned Parenthood health centers in Wisconsin would harm those already facing health care disparities, likely affecting teen birth rates and STI prevalence rates.

Don’t want to see health care taken away?

What you can do to help Planned Parenthood

If extreme politicians get their way, 2.5 million patients per year will lose access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers. But we will fight like hell to stop these attacks — and we won’t back down. Here’s what you can do to stand with Planned Parenthood.

Attend an Event

Planned Parenthood supporters across the nation are hosting events. Find one in your area that you can attend or host your own.

Volunteer for Planned Parenthood

Now more than ever, Planned Parenthood is counting on volunteers who are ready to take action locally and online and stand up for reproductive health and rights. We strive to create a strong and diverse volunteer community. OR  you may hear from local organizers and/or Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s national staff.

Call your U.S Senator or Write to Senator

Tweet@SpeakerRyan

Text Stand with PP to 22422

If extreme politicians get their way, 2.5 million patients per year will lose access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers. But we will fight like hell to stop these attacks — and we won’t back down. Here’s what you can do to stand with Planned Parenthood.

Attend an Event

Planned Parenthood supporters across the nation are hosting events. Find one in your area that you can attend or host your own.

Volunteer for Planned Parenthood

Now more than ever, Planned Parenthood is counting on volunteers who are ready to take action locally and online and stand up for reproductive health and rights. We strive to create a strong and diverse volunteer community. OR  you may hear from local organizers and/or Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s national staff.

Call your U.S Senator or Write to Senator

Tweet@SpeakerRyan

Text Stand with PP to 22422

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