Health Advocates: Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Leave Women Behind


SOLEDAD: IN THIS FIRST HUNDRED DAYS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ADMINISTRATION, THE NATIONAL MALL IN WASHINGTON HAS BEEN FULL — WITH BOTH TOURISTS AND PROTESTERS. ON THE TRADITIONAL TAX DAY, APRIL 15, PROTESTORS TOOK TO THE MALL AS A REMINDER THAT THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO BREAK LONGSTANDING TRADITION BY NOT RELEASING HIS TAX RETURNS. THE PRESIDENT RESPONDED VIA TWEET, SAYING “THE ELECTION IS OVER.” AND, THIS MARCH BY ANTI-ABORTION ACTIVISTS, WAS ENDORSED BY THE VICE PRESIDENT, MIKE PENCE.>>THIS ADMINISTRATION WILL WORK WITH CONGRESS TO END TAXPAYER FUNDING OF ABORTION AND ABORTION PROVIDERS. SOLEDAD: THE VICE PRESIDENT SAYS SAYS MONEY DIVERTED FROM ORGANIZATIONS LIKE PLANNED PARENTHOOD WILL STILL BE DEVOTED TO WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE. WHICH IS NOT HOW SOME WOMEN’S HEALTH ADVOCATES SEE IT, AS JESSICA GOMEZ REPORTS FROM WISCONSIN.>> THEY ARE TRYING TO TAKE AWAY ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. JESSICA: IN WISCONSIN, UNLIKE MANY STATES, PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS THE SOLE RECIPIENT OF THE FEDERAL TITLE TEN GRANT PROGRAM. 3.5 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR, NOW ON THE LINE.>>ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTIONS IS THAT FEDERAL DOLLARS ARE PAYING FOR ABORTION SERVICES IN WISCONSIN AND THAT IS JUST NOT TRUE. THERE IS FEDERAL AND STATE LAW THAT ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITS THAT. JESSICA: PLANNED PARENTHOOD SAYS THE TITLE TEN MONEY IS USED FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES, MOSTLY FOR LOW INCOME WOMEN. CANCER AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTION SCREENINGS, AS WELL AS BIRTH CONTROL COUNSELING AND SERVICES.>>PLANNED PARENTHOOD AS WISCONSIN AND NATION’S LARGEST ABORTION PROVIDER SHOULD NOT BE RECEIVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS REALLY AT ANY LEVEL OF , GOVERNMENT. JESSICA: WISCONSIN ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN, ANDRE JACQUE, AUTHORED A BILL LAST YEAR, DENYING TITLE TEN FUNDING TO ANY WISCONSIN HEALTH CLINIC THAT PROVIDES ABORTIONS. IT PASSED THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND LAST MONTH’S CONGRESSIONAL VOTE IN WASHINGTON, CLEARS THE WAY FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.>>I THINK IT IS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE FOR A STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HAVE A BETTER SENSE OF WHAT ARE THE HEALTH NEEDS OF THE STATE OF WISCONSIN RATHER THAN A NARROW SPECIAL INTEREST. JESSICA: PLANNED PARENTHOOD SAYS IT HAS ALREADY BEEN FORCED TO CLOSE 5 OF ITS RURAL CLINICS HERE SINCE 2012, AFTER THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR AND STATE LEGISLATURE HERE VOTED TO SLASH ITS STATE FUNDING.>>IN THOSE 5 COMMUNITIES, THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANOTHER PROVIDER WHO HAS STEPPED IN TO FILL THAT GAP.>>WE HAVE FEDERALLY FUNDED HEALTH CENTERS, WE HAVE OUTPATIENT CLINICS, WE HAVE COUNTY AND LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, WE HAVE HOSPITALS. JESSICA: STATE REPUBLICANS MAINTAIN, WITHOUT A PLANNED PARENTHOOD MONOPOLY ON FEDERAL FUNDING, THERE WOULD BE MORE AND BETTER OPTIONS FOR WISCONSIN WOMEN.>>THEY ARE VASTLY BIGGER IN NETWORK, SO MANY MORE OF THEM AND PROVIDE THESE KIND OF SERVICES WITHOUT ALL THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THIS ISSUE.>>IT IS INCREDIBLY DISINGENUOUS FOR REP. JACQUE AND SPEAKER RYAN AND GOV. WALKER TO MAKE THE STATEMENT THAT THERE ARE OTHER PLACES THAT WOMEN CAN GO. BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT CALLING UP COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTS TO TALK TO THEM AND PUT TOGETHER A PLAN. YOU KNOW WHO IS? PLANNED PARENTHOOD. JESSICA: ONE TOWN OVER FROM REP. JACQUE’S DISTRICT, IN GREEN BAY, SELF-EMPLOYED PRODUCTION STYLIST RHONDA SITNAKAU. AFTER LOSING HER HEALTH INSURANCE, SHE HAD A TOUGH TIME FINDING AN AFFORDABLE OPTION FOR CARE. SO SHE WENT TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THEY TOLD HER SOMETHING WAS VERY WRONG.>>I WOULD HAVE HAD FULL BLOWN CERVICAL CANCER IF I HAD WAITED. IF I ACTUALLY HADN’T GONE TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD INITIALLY, WITHOUT A DOUBT. I AM CONVINCED I WOULDN’T BE SITTING HERE TODAY TALKING TO YOU. JESSICA: THE SINGLE MOM SAYS SHE ALMOST FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS, AND WORRIES OTHERS WILL NOT BE SO LUCKY.>>YOU ARE DOING WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING, YOU ARE A PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF SOCIETY, YOU ARE WORKING, YOU ARE PARENTING, YOU ARE DOING ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DO YOU JUST WANT TO BE HEALTHY, YOU JUST WANT TO STAY ALIVE.

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