Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Leave Poor And Rural Women Without Care: CBO

Posted March 14, 2017

Republicans are planning to use Trumpcare to defund Planned Parenthood, which now receives Medicaid funding to provide birth control, cancer screenings, and other care to low-income people. We won't go back to a time where women had nowhere to go for health care.

In response, Planned Parenthood details just how detrimental this would be: 54 percent of their clinics "are in health professional shortage areas, rural or medically underserved areas". Even though the closest Planned Parenthood clinic is located in Moorhead, North Dakotans represent the majority of its patients. (Please take a moment to appreciate the stinginess of these amounts compared to our annual military budget of $600 billion.) A more comprehensive report found that the US government would save $12 billion a year if every woman in the USA had access to proper family planning services. He did not want his tax dollars going for abortions.

Planned Parenthood itself explained it fairly succinctly in an infographic the organization tweeted out in January. If the GOP truly does prevent Medicaid from reimbursing Planned Parenthood, this could mean that many people - in particular low-income folks, trans individuals, and people of color - will be adversely impacted. According to a CBO estimate, defunding Planned Parenthood will lead to thousands of new births - especially in the case of low-income women who will lose access to contraceptives, the Washington Post reports.

Trumpcare does not name Planned Parenthood directly, but lists a set of criteria that only PP fulfills, namely: Under the ACHA, no federal Medicaid money can be used at a non-profit community healthcare center that "is primarily engaged in providing family planning and reproductive health services", had over $350 million in Medicaid expenditures in 2014, and provides abortion care services (with exceptions for rape and incest).

The attack on women's rights takes healthcare away from the people who need it most. Even if recipients of Planned Parenthood services are enrolled in Medicaid, it does not guarantee them access to a doctor.

There is a very real possibility of major consequences if Republicans succeed in defunding Planned Parenthood. So, what exactly is Planned Parenthood and what does it do?

Republicans traditionally tout themselves as wanting to protect and preserve families. In addition to repealing the ACA, Republicans also plan on attaching a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood.