House Republicans voted today to ban all federal funding from Planned Parenthood, along with other healthcare organizations that provide abortions. (Abortions themselves are not currently funded with federal monies per a previous ruling.) The funding that is being pulled supports other services that Planned Parenthood provides, largely to low income or young and uninsured women.
If this bill passes the senate and gets signed into law, Planned Parenthood, a nearly 100 year old organization that provides the lion’s share of women’s reproductive healthcare in this country, will lose the lion’s share of its funding.
Here are some facts about Planned Parenthood and what we stand to lose.
Number of patients provided with healthcare and education by Planned Parenthood each year: more than 5,000,000
Percentage of Planned Parenthood Healthcare Clients with incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level: 75
Estimated number of unintended pregnancies averted by Planned Parenthood contraceptive services each year: 612,000
Estimated number of abortions averted by Planned Parenthood contraceptive services each year: 291,000
Percentage of all Planned Parenthood health services that are contraceptive services: 35 ·
Percentage of all Planned Parenthood health services that are abortion services: 3 ·
Number of years Planned Parenthood has provided women, men, and adolescents with the education, information, and services needed to make responsible choices about sex and reproduction: 95
This organization we have relied on for almost a century, which 5,000,000 patients per year turn to for their sexual, reproductive and other health needs, is under serious threat. To me, this is not about abortion. It’s about the millions of women, and children, and families who will be left without affordable, accessible care. How can that be good for this country?
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This information is from Planned Parenthood’s 2011 Fact Sheet. You can download the whole thing here.