We have no time to waste: the anti-choice House leadership is using the budget deficit as a justification for their devastating and draconian budget cuts for Title X family planning programs and specifically their demands that Planned Parenthood be defunded – with potentially disastrous consequences for women’s health. The chair of the Washington section for the American Congress of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, Dr. Judy M. Kimelman
debunks this lie specifically for Washington women by explaining:
, for every dollar spent on family planning the state saves more than $4 in costs associated with unintended pregnancy…Planned Parenthood serves more than 140,000 women in Washington, provides education to 35,000…In 2010 alone, 72 percent of women in Washington who used Title X funds received their care at a Planned Parenthood health center.
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Planned Parenthood provides women with a litany of medical services ranging from cancer screenings, HIV testing, and annual health exams. The real truth is that the House GOP wants to stop Planned Parenthood from providing abortions and they are willing to sacrifice the health and welfare of women to do it. The House GOP wants to deny vulnerable, low-income women access to medical care but specifically they want to deny these same women any access to contraception. Anti-choice politicians reveal their hypocrisy when they say they’re opposed to abortion while simultaneously trying to restrict access to birth control. Telling people that access to birth control does not reduce the rate of unwanted pregnancies and therefore does not reduce abortion rates flies in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Access to birth control is the best way women can prevent unintended pregnancies.