If Congress prohibits Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding, it will not only strip Medicaid enrollees of their preferred provider, but also will leave many enrollees with nowhere else to receive quality reproductive and sexual health services.
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"I think Heitkamp is incredibly important for women’s health," Amy Jacobson of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota said in an interview with Rewire.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said the organization takes Speaker Ryan’s threat “very seriously,” along with the looming specter of Vice President-elect Pence, “who has made his entire career out of ending access to reproductive health care, including at Planned Parenthood.”
“We’re going to make sure that the country does not, without a conversation, just turn its back on decades of progress in terms of expanding health care choices to vulnerable women," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said.
The former Indiana senator also pushed to defund Planned Parenthood after the anti-choice front group Center for Medical Progress released a series of deceptively edited videos attempting to smear the reproductive health-care provider.