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CBO warns of rise in births if Planned Parenthood is defunded

March 14, 2017

Analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has shown that the Republicans’ proposal to replace Obamacare, which plans to defund Planned Parenthood, would result in thousands of additional births since women would be denied services that allow them to avoid pregnancy. The proposed plan to exclude the women’s health organization from the Medicaid program would, the CBO suggested, have the greatest impact on low-income areas and communities, leaving some 15 percent of people in that demographic without access to contraception services.

According to its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood provided more than 300,000 abortions and nearly three million contraception services in 2015, with more than half of its centers serving rural or medically underprivileged areas. It currently serves 2.5 million men and women nationally, providing reproductive and other health care services, including abortions.

While the planned cuts in these services would reduce federal spending on Medicaid by an estimated $178 million during 2017, the CBO has suggested that these savings will be at least partly offset by the increase in births. Medicaid already finances roughly 45 percent of all U.S. births and it is likely that the majority of these new babies would qualify for the the federally funded program.

In response to this latest budget analysis, Dana Singiser, Planned Parenthood’s vice president for public policy and governmental relations, issued a statement saying that the proposal “reaffirms what we already know: the provision to ‘defund’ Planned Parenthood would have disastrous consequences and result in women losing access to care, especially services that help women prevent unintended pregnancies.”

Anti-choice advocates on the other hand have attempted to discredit the analysis, suggesting it of minimal value and urging Planned Parenthood to be defunded imminently. “Planned Parenthood should be defunded because its business is based upon killing unborn children. Beyond any and all other reasons, defunding should take place for this reason,” Tom Glessner, president of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, an umbrella group of 1,400 of these centers, said in a statement.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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