Friday, February 3, 2017

What Defunding Planned Parenthood Really Means







Planned Parenthood clinics have been a  political football for over a decade. Planned Parenthood operates about 650 health centers across the United States and 2.7 million men and women visit the clinics each year.  In fact, an estimated 1 in 5 women has received care from PP at least once in her life.  For many women, Planned Parenthood may be the only place to receive reproductive health care near where they live.  They provide basic women's preventive care (pap smears, STD testing and treatment, counseling, contraception, IUD placement and long acting reversible contraception) and even basic primary care.


 Of all the health services Planned Parenthood provides, they report that about 3% are for abortion.  Most women receive other services at the same time (pregnancy testing, future contraception) that can skew this number and critics say the abortion percentage is higher, (calculated to as high as 7%), but there is no dispute that Planned Parenthood provides more needed health care for women that goes far beyond terminating pregnancies.


Repeal of the Affordable Care Act would ban Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid reimbursements and federal family-planning funds, accounting for loss of over $500 million in government funding per year, about 2/5 of its total revenue.  It is important to know that Medicaid funds already cannot be used for pregnancy termination unless the mother's life is in danger.  So defunding Planned Parenthood is really defunding women's health care.  Period.


We currently have a shortage of primary care doctors in the United States and fewer doctors have sufficient training and expertise in the full range of reproductive health services.  Planned Parenthood provides this needed care.


Defunding Planned Parenthood is an act that Congress should not undertake. American women deserve better.

2 comments:

Unorthodoc.com said...

Thank you, Dr. Brayer. As a primary care doctor, I am sharing both your post and your urgent concern. America cannot replace the basic health care that Planned Parenthood provides for millions of women, no matter how we feel about abortion. There are simply not enough providers for women without Planned Parenthood. Because it can currently accept Medicaid, Planned Parenthood is a de facto extension of the already over-burdened Public Health Service. There is literally no where else for 2.7 million women to go.

Papayacare said...

Nice post Dr. Brayer,
and Defunding Planned Parenthood is doing really an nice act for women. There is also a community which providespatient care in many personalized manner.

Keep Posting.

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