So, how do Americans feel now? They’re scared that with politicians like Mike Pence and Tom Price in power, it could mean disaster for their health care access. Case in point: Since the election, Planned Parenthood health centers have seen a surge in online appointments for birth control, with a nearly 10-fold increase in people seeking IUDs the week after the election.Learn More & Take ActionPlanned Parenthood has stood defiantly in the face of opposition for a century, and we are not backing down now. Extreme politicians may try to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers,but we will fight to keep their doors open so they can continue to provide expert, affordable health care to the millions of people who rely on them each year.Planned Parenthood’s passionate supporters are planning events around the country, calling their elected officials, and educating their friends about the vital care Planned Parenthood provides. Want to get involved?Republicans who dominate legislatures in at least 15 states are moving to cut tens of millions of dollars Planned Parenthood chapters receive under the federal Medicaid program for reproductive health care.Planned Parenthood is fighting to protect its funding from the prospective cuts.
That federal money doesn't cover abortions, but the high-stakes fights being waged in statehouses and courthouses are meant to choke off the flow of taxpayers' dollars to the country's largest abortion provider.Planned Parenthood has been in the crosshairs of Republican officeholders for nearly a decade. The spotlight on the organization intensified in 2015 when undercover videos surfaced suggesting the organization sought to sell organs and tissue from aborted fetuses as a fundraising tool.Planned Parenthood argued that the videos were selectively edited and that unedited footage shows the executive telling activists, who were posing as researchers, that any sale of tissue and organs was not a "revenue stream."The issue became fuel for politicians, magnified in the 2016 presidential election cycle.Most of the Medicaid money comes from Washington, but it's up to states to pay clinics and physicians for providing care to patients who are poor, many living in rural communities with limited access to health care.
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- Spring '16
- Health care provider, Planned Parenthood health center