House Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, have released a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that includes a provision to specifically block people with Medicaid coverage from accessing preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers — including birth control, cancer screenings, and STD/STI testing and treatment.
Blocking patients from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood would have a devastating impact on people and communities across America. Despite this impact — and despite the fact that an unfair policy already prohibits federal insurance from covering abortion — the anti-abortion politicians behind the legislation are hell bent on attacking Planned Parenthood.
Every year, 2.5 million people rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for essential health services. , and studies consistently show that proposals to “defund” and shut down Planned Parenthood clinics will result in people losing access to health care. As experts have repeatedly said, Planned Parenthood is the only place for many of people to get care, and other providers cannot take on those patients.