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Donald Trump action on health care could cost Planned Parenthood

Monday, December 19th, 2016

One of President-elect Donald Trump‘s first, and defining, acts next year could come on Republican legislation to cut off taxpayer money from Planned Parenthood.
Trump sent mixed signals during the campaign about the 100-year-old organization, which provides birth control, abortions and various women’s health services. He said “millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood,” but he also endorsed efforts to defund it.
Trump once described himself as “very pro-choice.” Now he’s in the anti-abortion camp.
Still, the Republican has been steadfast in calling for repeal of President Barack Obama‘s health care law, and the GOP-led Congress is eager to comply. One of the first pieces of legislation will be a repeal measure that’s paired with cutting off money for Planned Parenthood. While the GOP may delay the impact of scuttling the law for almost four years, denying Planned Parenthood roughly $400 million in Medicaid funds would take effect immediately.
“We’ve already shown what we believe with respect to funding of Planned Parenthood,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters last month. “Our position has not changed.”
Legislation to both repeal the law and cut Planned Parenthood funds for services to low-income women moved through Congress along party lines last year. Obama vetoed it; Trump’s win removes any obstacle.
Cutting off Planned Parenthood from taxpayer money is a long-sought dream of social conservatives, but it’s a loser in the minds of some GOP strategists. Planned Parenthood is loathed by anti-abortion activists who are the backbone of the GOP coalition. Polls, however, show that the group is favorably viewed by a sizable majority of Americans — 59 percent in a Gallup survey last year, including more than one-third of Republicans.
“Defunding Planned Parenthood as one of their first acts in the new year would be devastating for millions of families and a huge mistake by Republicans,” said incoming

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Patrick Murphy endorsed by Planned Parenthood for U.S. Senate

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Planned Parenthood now backs Patrick Murphy in Florida’s race for U.S. senator.
Their endorsement only boosted Murphy’s resolve on fighting for women’s right to choose and health care — two things he said his opponent, Marco Rubio, is against.
“This is an organization that provides vital health care to millions of women across this country,” he said. “While Marco Rubio opposes a woman’s right to choose, voted to defund Planned Parenthood, and has exploited the Zika virus to attack women’s health, I will be a senator who stands with Planned Parenthood to fight for Florida families.”
Numerous Planned Parenthood officials praised Murphy’s stances on women’s health as reasons he would be the best choice for senator, including Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Cecile Richards.
“Patrick Murphy has been a fighter for Florida women, pushing for smart policies to ensure access to affordable birth control and safe, legal abortion,” she said. “Patrick sees the importance of access to reproductive health providers, like Planned Parenthood, to keep Florida women healthy.”
She went on to say Rubio was the exact opposite and was on a “never-ending attack” on women’s health.
Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates Board Member Barbara A. Zdravecky cited the public health crisis of the Zika virus as a more immediate reason women’s health is important in this election.
“As Florida faces the direct threat of Zika virus, we have seen politicians like Marco Rubio put politics before women, attacking the ability of family planning providers to help during a public health crisis,” she said. “Patrick Murphy stands with Planned Parenthood patients, which is why we’re standing with him today.”
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