After the Senate revealed their ultra secretive healthcare replacement bill, President Obama came forward to SLAM all of its ‘harmful’ effects! Women were terrified to learn that it includes defunding Planned Parenthood for one year — and that’s not all.
The Senate’s proposed Obamacare replacement bill, made public on June 22, includes a drastic cut to Medicaid. And with that, Medicaid funding is withdrawn from Planned Parenthood for one year. Without that federal funding, many Planned Parenthood clinics are going to be forced to shut down entirely. It’s a devastating blow coupled with the fact that the clinics are already struggling, and some states, like Texas, only have a handful of locations despite being massive.
“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill,” Barack Obama, 55, wrote via Facebook on June 22. “It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. If there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm,” he noted in his lengthy statement. “And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.” Women depend on PP for affordable health services, including breast exams, cancer screenings, birth control and gynecological exams.
If they don’t have a doctor to turn to, they can go to Planned Parenthood for judgement free and affordable care. And yes, Planned Parenthood does provide abortions. But the reality is that abortions only make up less than 10% of their services. Additionally, the abortions are not federally funded. Draining money from Planned Parenthood is a misguided and misinformed move by conservatives who do not understand how the organization actually works. The pro-life are so focused on their cause that they don’t realize how many lives may be lost by this part of the healthcare bill.
In January, millions of women and men protested across the nation in defense of women’s rights, and that includes many of the 2.4 million women who access Planned Parenthood. They raised their voices in unison to let the government know that they’ll fight tooth and nail to protect themselves. With Planned Parenthood potentially being defunded, they’re doing so again. Protestors are flocking to the streets, and onto Twitter. Women are scared, they’re angry, and sadly, not even shocked this is happening:
— Elaine Sullivan (@ellychai92) June 22, 2017
If Medicaid gets cut or isn't allowed to fund plannedparenthood I'm honestly screwed. I'm actually terrified. #healthcarebill
— Daddy Bri (@Champagne_Bri) June 22, 2017
Senate GOP approves of Viagra, but wants to defund Planned Parenthood. Further proof Republicans don’t actually know where babies come from.
— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) June 22, 2017
Will defund Planned Parenthood for one year by kicking the women's health organization out of the Medicaid program. Pathedic #healthcarebill
— KyleCorpus (@KyleCorpusXD) June 22, 2017
Who came up with the TERRIBLE! Idea to de-fund @PlannedParenthood? #WhatKindOfMoron That person should never be allowed to have sex again.
— Tela Madrone (@TelaMadrone) June 22, 2017
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about the new healthcare bill that may defund Planned Parenthood? Let us know!