Activists to Rep. Collins: Protect Planned Parenthood

Frederick Owens
June 24, 2017

As Congress moves closer to gutting the Affordable Care Act, access to Planned Parenthood health centers are hanging in the balance.

So what does it do? Women will be better served and children's lives will be saved only when the almost half billion dollars that Planned Parenthood syphons away from the Medicaid system is redirected to the thousands of federally qualified health centers across America that don't commit abortions and actually provide authentic health care and greater access to more women.

Insurance companies could stop covering abortions on their basic plans and could raise costs for those plans that do.

"This healthcare bill will be devastating not just to patients of Planned Parenthood but to people all over this country", said Montgomery.

And the rules would put some states, especially California, in a tough position. The LGBTQ community has benefitted from the ACA's tax credit structure and the Medicaid Expansion, and the rescission of both of these critical components will have devastating consequences for a community already facing significant health care disparities. NY requires all insurance plans that provide coverage for any hospital, surgical, or medical coverage (which is most of them) to cover "medically necessary" abortions as well.

Franklin also said, "House members strengthened the version of SB 5 that was sent over from the Senate by adding several provisions that were originally called for by Governor (Eric) Greitens but stripped out during Senate debate". Planned Parenthood would no longer be able to be reimbursed for these services. About 60% of Planned Parenthood patients received Medicaid reimbursements for non-abortion services. Planned Parenthood clinics in Kansas City and St. Louis held similar rallies.

Without receiving Medicaid dollars, it'll be hard for Planned Parenthood clinics to stay afloat, since three-quarters of the public dollars spent on family planning in this country are from Medicaid.

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The lawsuits filed by the National Abortion Federation and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America happened back in 2015 and 2016, and Daleiden is up for trial as we speak.

"The fact that 13 Republican men came together to draft a healthcare bill including women is abhorrent and inappropriate to begin with", Eskamani continued. Republicans can only lose two senators in order to pass the bill.

Recently, Murkowski has said she is "committed" to key features of Obamacare - such as Medicaid expansion and coverage for pre-existing conditions - as well as funding for Planned Parenthood.

It's fair game to criticize that, but the language used by Planned Parenthood in its ad is murky and makes the process sound even less transparent than it is.

A full range of birth control options means the clinic provides long-term, implantable birth control options and IUDs in addition to the traditional pill.

"Broadly speaking, Planned Parenthood is a force for good", said Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor.

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