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Oregon Planned Parenthood Supporters Are Fighting Back

Oregon Planned Parenthood Supporters Are Fighting Back

One day after Speaker Paul Ryan and GOP leadership introduced legislation to block millions of people from birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood, supporters in Oregon are fighting back.

Mary Nolan, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, said:

"Oregonians are making their voices heard: We don't want reproductive health care attacked. We're standing together as women, people of color, immigrants and as people of faith, and we're fighting back to make sure that every single politician in Oregon knows that we will not stand for defunding Planned Parenthood. We're not going to silently stand around while politicians in Washington try to take away our health care."

Stacy Cross, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, said:

"The term 'defunding' is a misnomer. There is no blank check that Planned Parenthood gets from the federal government, and it's not in the budget. Instead, the legislation prevents millions of women who rely on Medicaid from accessing the healthcare provider they've been depending on for decades."

Lisa Gardner, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, said:

"People don't come to Planned Parenthood to make a political statement. They come here for affordable, quality health care. In Oregon alone, Planned Parenthood health centers serve more than 60,000 women, men and young people. Without Planned Parenthood, these patients would be left with nowhere else to go. Our supporters aren't going to let that happen."

New polling shows that voters overwhelmingly support Planned Parenthood. About 62% of voters are opposed to defunding Planned Parenthood, while only 31% of voters support it. And when those voters are informed what "defunding" Planned Parenthood actually means, only 12% of voters support defunding Planned Parenthood, according to Quinnipiac.

The Facts on Blocking Patients' Access to Planned Parenthood:

FACT: The term "defunding" Planned Parenthood is a misnomer. There is no blank check that Planned Parenthood gets from the federal government, and it's not a line item in the budget. Instead, this type of legislation would prevent millions of women who rely on Medicaid or other federal programs from accessing the healthcare provider they've been able to rely on for decades. Federal law already blocks federal funds from going to abortion services. This legislation instead blocks people from accessing cancer screenings, birth control, HIV and STI testing, and other preventive and essential care at Planned Parenthood health centers.

FACT: Blocking access to Planned Parenthood hurts people in communities who are struggling to get by the most - especially those with low incomes and those living in areas with no other quality healthcare providers. Communities of color, immigrant communities, rural areas, young people and the LGBTQ community, who already face structural barriers to accessing health care, are disproportionately impacted.

FACT: Other providers cannot just absorb Planned Parenthood's patient base if it is cut off from federal programs. Politicians who want to deny patients using Medicaid from going to Planned Parenthood often insist that other providers will fill the gap, but the experts at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Partnership for Women & Families said flat out: They can't. Even the executive director of the American Public Health Association has called such claims "ludicrous."

FACT: "Defunding" was a health disaster in Texas. Two Texas public health investigators just wrote in The Washington Post that when Texas passed legislation it was devastating - and shouldn't be repeated in the rest of the country. A significant number of women also lost or had reduced access to primary care providers as a consequence of blocking patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers.

FACT: When lawmakers in Louisiana, Ohio and Florida tried to block access to Planned Parenthood in the past, they suggested women could go to "alternative" providers for reproductive health care, including dentists; food banks; nursing and retirement homes; ear, nose and throat specialists; elementary schools; and rehab centers.

FACT: About 54% of Planned Parenthood health centers are in health professional shortage areas, rural or medically underserved areas. Planned Parenthood health centers provide primary and preventive health care to many who otherwise would have nowhere to turn for care.

FACT: Although Planned Parenthood health centers comprised 10% of the country's safety net centers that offered family planning care in 2010, they served 36% of patients served by such centers. In 21% of counties with a Planned Parenthood health center, Planned Parenthood is the only safety-net family planning provider. In 68% of counties with a Planned Parenthood health center, Planned Parenthood serves at least half of all safety-net family planning patients.

Posted on March 7, 2017 in News.
 
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