As an obstetrician/gynecologist, I’ve devoted my life to offering healthcare to the women who want it most.
The American Health Care Act is a mean-spirited piece of laws that may dismantle essential healthcare legal guidelines. If this laws is made into regulation, will probably be devastating to the American public, notably to tens of millions of women who’re struggling to get by and maintain their households.
This laws will strip healthcare from 24 million individuals over the subsequent 10 years. Women are disproportionately focused by it, even dropping entry to very important prenatal care. Many circumstances that have an effect on women will now be thought-about “pre-existing.”
Planned Parenthood is singled out by this invoice. It will block the group from receiving federal reimbursements for the care offered to sufferers, corresponding to contraception, Pap checks and breast exams.
For greater than 40 years, no federal cash has been used for abortion. Why is Planned Parenthood a goal on this invoice?
“Defunding” Planned Parenthood is a component of a bigger agenda to close down health facilities and make it unimaginable to entry protected and authorized abortion in America.
Cutting funding for Planned Parenthood gained’t finish abortions. What it’s going to do is block entry to contraception, STI testing and remedy and lifesaving most cancers screenings. This will harm the people who find themselves struggling probably the most, particularly these with low incomes.
More than two-thirds of Planned Parenthood sufferers in California are at or under the federal poverty degree. And it can disproportionately have an effect on individuals who face obstacles to care, together with individuals of shade, immigrants, younger individuals and members of our LGBTQ group.
Planned Parenthood supplies one-third of all household planning visits in California, together with 180,000 in Orange and San Bernardino counties. No various healthcare suppliers within the state can take in that degree of affected person quantity.
To the legislators who voted for this harmful invoice: You can’t name your self pro-family and concurrently minimize women off from care. Negotiating away entry to most cancers screenings, contraception and maternity care isn’t “pro-life.” It is merciless and unjust.
I stand shoulder to shoulder with the overwhelming majority of individuals within the medical group who oppose this laws, together with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, along with members of Congress from each events and a transparent majority of American voters.
That is why I’m asking Americans who help funding Planned Parenthood to face up and make your voice heard. Now is the time. Call your representatives, go to city halls and write letters. It issues!
Here at Planned Parenthood, we’re going to do all the things in our energy to ensure the individuals of our group get protected, dependable healthcare. We will name our legislators, go to rallies, and ask you to voice your help. And we’ll proceed to open the doorways of our health facilities daily to the sufferers who want us. No matter what.
DR. JENNEFER RUSSO is medical director of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino counties.