Here’s How to #StandwithPP for #PinkOut Today 9/29 for Planned Parenthood
Did you hear THAT? The #PinkOutThunderclap? It happened today, Tuesday 9/29–at noon EDT and at 9am PDT– on social media? Did you feel it?
Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Cecile Richards testified before Congress this morning — and she is the only witness in a politically-motivated hearing meant to attack Planned Parenthood. And while she’s taking the fight to Capitol Hill, millions of women’s health champions just like you will be rallying across the country in support.
|5 Ways you can #PinkOut|
6. Blog about #PinkOut and share your blog post on social media.
Here are some facts about what Planned Parenthood is and what it does:
In 2013, Planned Parenthood served 2.7 million women, men, and young people.
Most women who access care from a family planning center say it’s their main source of healthcare.
What Would People Be Losing
One in five women has used Planned Parenthood in her lifetime– that’s 20% of the population. That’s 20 women out of 100.
Defunding Planned Parenthood would have disastrous implications for a huge number of people, including a rapidly increasing population of male patients. Federal law already prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortions except in extremely rare and difficult circumstances, the only result these lawmakers would achieve would be denying low-income people access to reproductive health care.
Planned Parenthood is the most trusted women’s health care provider in the country. In 2013, Planned Parenthood health centers across the country provided 10.6 million services to their patients.
Services that included
- nearly 4.5 million STI tests and treatments, including HIV tests;
- over 900,000 cancer screenings and preventive services;
- more than 3.5 million contraceptive services; and
- approximately 65,000 family practice services — including treatment of chronic diseases and authorization for hospital care.
To repeat: Planned Parenthood is the most trusted women’s health care provider in the country.
The work of people at Planned Parenthood resulted in the prevention of approximately 516,000 unintended pregnancies through various services — mostly contraceptive services and education; less than 5% of their funding and work is providing abortion services, and those abortion services are NOT funded by government money.
Additionally, Planned Parenthood provides educational programs and outreach to 1.5 million young people and families. Planned Parenthood educational programs and outreach not only focus on AIDS/HIV prevention and family planning, but also training professionals who work with children, teenagers, and young adults who go on to work in a variety of health care fields.
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What happens if Planned Parenthood is defunded?
Can’t the gap be filled some other way? Nope. The American Public Health Association called that idea “ludicrous.”
More than two-thirds of states have reported difficulty ensuring provider participation with Medicaid programs, and approximately half of the states report challenges ensuring speciality providers — including OB/GYNs — for Medicaid programs. During the Senate debate earlier this year, the California Primary Care Association wrote that defunding Planned Parenthood would place “untenable stress” on their facilities. But you don’t have to take their word for it.
In 2011, Indiana attempted to defund Planned Parenthood and has since so dramatically slashed funding that five clinics, all of which offered HIV testing, were forced to close. In March of this year, Governor Mike Pence declared a state of emergency in the state of Indiana, as the result of an unprecedented outbreak of HIV. The outbreak’s epicenter was Scott County, once home to one of the five closed Planned Parenthood health centers.
Planned Parenthood had served Shelby County, Tennessee’s Title X clients for 30 years, but in 2011 the county decided to give the contract to Christ Community Health Services, a religious organization that will not provide abortions or contraception, and will not refer patients to any provider who will offer abortions. In the months following this change, Shelby County saw a more than 90% decrease in the monthly number of patients served — from approximately 719 per month seen at Planned Parenthood to 51 per month at Christ Community. And nobody at CCHS can account for the loss.
Texas slashed the family planning budget by two-thirds in 2011, and 53 clinics were forced to close. The Planned Parenthood health centers that were forced out of the Women’s Health Program served nearly half of the program’s clients. According to researchers at George Washington University, Texas’ remaining facilities would be forced to increase their caseloads by 2-5 times to fill that gap. As a result of Texas’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, 54% fewer patients received care and experts were anticipating nearly 24,000 unplanned births between 2014-2015 alone, raising state and federal taxpayers Medicaid costs by $273 million.
Thanks to the Planned Parenthood website for much of this content.
During today’s fight on Capitol Hill, millions of women’s health champions just like you will be rallying across the country in support.
But this is about so much more than the recent string of attacks on women’s health. This is about all of us coming together and making a stand for what matters to us –our health. Don’t let a bunch of white guys on Capital Hill tell us that they know more than we do.