- Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is poised to shutter four of its Iowa centers, dropping the state’s number of clinics from 12 to eight effective June 30 and disrupting care for some 15,000 patients.
- The closures come thanks to legislation Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law in May, with which Iowa declined roughly $3 million annual in federal Medicaid money for its family planning program.
- The state decided to forgo these dollars on the grounds it did not want to funnel taxpayer money into abortion services, which might make sense if that money went toward abortion — but it almost never does.
- Instead, it pays for the types of treatment a person might seek at a gynecologist or a urologist, for people who might not be able to afford those visits otherwise.
- The move is another version of the “defund Planned Parenthood” strategy that’s become so common in Donald Trump’s America.
- But however often we may see that headline, however routine it becomes, it’s eminently worth our attention. What’s happening in Iowa has already happened in Texas, to disastrous effect.
- And if congressional Republicans get their way in repealing the Affordable Care Act, we can expect those same disastrous effects to bleed out across the country. Read more (6/21/17)
My teacher just compared abortion to holocaust. And most people in my class agreed that abortion is a definite no. And I just...I'm so angry, I don't understand how people can think like that