As you are aware, the GOP proposed a bill on March 6 to replace "Obamacare" with a health care act containing provisions to gut Planned Parenthood's funding. The bill would also discourage private insurers from offering affordable abortion care. Please take a stand against the Religious Right and its latest attack on women's access to full reproductive rights. The primary organized opposition to reproductive rights in this country has always been religion. Virtually every anti-choice advocate argues against these rights on the basis of "God and scripture."
Portions of the new bill were approved by the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees on March 9. Now that the bill is gaining momentum, we're asking you to vocalize your opposition to it.
The bill will likely be on the House floor by the end of the month. Call and email your U.S. representative NOW to oppose the American Health Care Act on the grounds that it is an attack on women's reproductive rights.
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As has been repeatedly emphasized, Planned Parenthood does not receive any direct funding from the federal government. It gets reimbursed for health care screening and family planning services, which do not include abortion (except in rare instances).
The proposed American Health Care Act targets Planned Parenthood clinics by rendering the women's health organization ineligible for Medicaid reimbursements or federal family planning grants. The money that the GOP wants to drain from the organization is used to fund health services such as birth control or cervical cancer screening. This financial evisceration of the organization has been a key priority for anti-abortion groups acting with religious motivations. Low-income women on Medicaid who receive health care at Planned Parenthood will suffer the most from slashes to its funding, but all patients who use the group's services may suffer if clinics are forced to close.
On March 9, President Trump suggested that Planned Parenthood could keep its funding if it stops offering abortions at any of its clinics. That blackmail ploy would force Planned Parenthood to stop offering women the full spectrum of reproductive health care, which is the core of the women's health organization's mission. Only 3 percent of all Planned Parenthood's health services are abortion services.
"The White House proposal that Planned Parenthood stop providing abortion is the same demand opponents of women's health have been pushing for decades, as part of their long-standing effort to end women's access to safe, legal abortion," said Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards in a statement. "Planned Parenthood has always stood strong against these attacks on our patients and their ability to access the full range of reproductive care."
The bill could also terminate private insurance coverage of abortion. Under the American Health Care Act, any insurance plans that cover abortion costs won't be eligible for tax credits. This will make insurance plans that cover abortion more expensive, disincentivizing companies from offering that service. Insurance companies will essentially be left with no choice but to stop covering abortions.
If these religiously inspired, draconian provisions become law, the devastating effects will be felt by generations of women.