Can Congress stop harassing
Past congressional attempts to defund Planned Parenthood have failed because
What Congress would essentially be doing by defunding Planned Parenthood is depriving millions of Americans — many lower-income — of health services (that have nothing to do with abortion.) Across the country, Planned Parenthood health centers provide a vast array of medical services to women as well as men— cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, family planning and contraception.
Overall, Planned Parenthood health centers serve 2.5-million patients each year. Many of these clients are low income and on
Currently, Planned Parenthood clinics have the resources to see patients and provide services quickly. Getting an appointment at other private clinics that are Medicaid providers in underserved areas can take weeks.
The positions of Vice President-elect Mike Pence (the governor of Indiana) and U.S. Rep.
Less clear is how President-elect Trump will view efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. I would urge him to make a distinction between Planned Parenthood, the abortion provider, and Planned Parenthood, the health services provider. Planned Parenthood has been nothing less than a lifeline and safety net for people seeking crucial, noncontroversial healthcare across the country. The government should not that take that care away from millions of people. If Trump cares as deeply as he says he does about working-class Americans, then he should not take away one vital source of their healthcare.