Excerpt from: CREDO Action
Republicans in the Senate failed in their attempt to defund Planned Parenthood this month. But while Congress is on recess, the attacks on women have moved to the states. Five states — Alabama, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Utah and Arkansas — have stripped funds from Planned Parenthood health clinics. And more states, particularly ones with Republican governors like Nevada, may be getting ready to line up behind them.
Planned Parenthood does invaluable work providing health care for millions of women a year. It’s shameful that Republican governors would be willing to put women’s health at risk in order to score political points with their extremist Republican base.
Tell Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval not to defund Planned Parenthood by illegally canceling Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid contracts.
Republican governors are defunding Planned Parenthood by canceling their Medicaid provider contracts. The contracts provide low-income women with access to cancer screenings, prenatal care, STD testing, and birth control — health care services that are under constant attack by the radical right. Politicians in each state are trying to downplay the damage they’re inflicting on women’s health by claiming that women will be able to access services elsewhere, but the reality is that more than 50 percent of Planned Parenthood clinics are in rural or underserved areas, places where there just aren’t other options for care.
The Department of Health and Human Services warned Alabama and Louisiana that ending Planned Parenthood’s contracts is a violation of federal law, which prohibits states from restricting patients’ access to qualified Medicaid providers. It’s clear that Republican governors like Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal and Alabama’s Robert Bentley don’t care about the law, or about women. They are simply jumping on an opportunity to pander to their extreme right-wing base.
The states are also launching baseless investigations that have no other purpose than to harass Planned Parenthood and force the organization to tie up resources that should be going to health care in countless political fights. The investigations, as expected, have not turned up wrongdoing on Planned Parenthood’s part. Yet, Planned Parenthood funding is still at risk in states where Republican governors can gain politically from attacking women. These governors need to hear from constituents who expect more from them than political grandstanding.
Tell Governor Sandoval that defunding Planned Parenthood would be an unacceptable attack on women’s health. Click the link below to sign the petition:
CREDO is proud to be the largest corporate donor to Planned Parenthood, with more than $3 million dollars in contributions, including $80,000 last month. Thanks for standing with us to defend them.
Heidi Hess, Campaign Manager
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