Action Alert

Take a stand to keep theology out of medical policy

Call Senate to oppose GOP attack on women’s health care

We need your help protecting American women’s reproductive rights from a massive theocratic overreach in the guise of overhauling our health care system.

After the GOP voted to move forward on its updated bill to repeal and replace “Obamacare”, the Senate will soon have a final vote. This new health care act is likely to contain provisions to gut Planned Parenthood’s funding, cutting it off from Medicaid for a year. The bill could also discourage private insurers from offering affordable abortion care.

Please take a stand against the Religious Right and its threat to 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 are currently being debated in the Senate right now before a final vote is taken. We’re asking you to vocalize your opposition to proposals to defund Planned Parenthood. Let’s get the phones ringing off the hooks! Contact your senator NOW to save women’s health care before it is too late!

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Other parts of the bill are beyond FFRF’s mission, but you may wish to support or oppose the rest of the proposed health care act. If you wish to read more about the act to formulate your view, we have included links at the bottom of this alert.

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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 very rare instances).

The proposed bill is likely to target Planned Parenthood clinics by rendering the women’s health organization ineligible for Medicaid reimbursements or federal family planning grants for one year. The money that the GOP has said it 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 organization’s services may suffer if clinics are forced to close.

Back in March, 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 include abortion. 

“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.”

Furthermore, the bill may ban federally subsidized plans from covering abortions at all and restricts the use of tax credits for abortions. If these religiously inspired draconian provisions become law, the devastating effects will be felt by generations of women.

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