Montana and New Jersey have eliminated altogether their state family planning programs. New Hampshire cut its funding by 57 percent and five other states made more modest program trims.
But the biggest impact, by far, has been in Texas.
State lawmakers last fall cut family-planning funds by two-thirds, or nearly $74 million over two years. Within months, half the state-supported family planning clinics in Texas had closed.
The state network, which once provided 220,000 women a year free and low-cost birth control, cervical cancer tests and diabetes screenings, will now serve just 40,000 to 60,000, officials said.
Another 130,000 low-income Texas women who get free exams and contraceptives through Medicaid could lose those benefits by month’s end, due to a dispute between the state and federal governments over whether Planned Parenthood should be allowed to serve women on that program.
States slash birth control subsidies as federal debate rages (via pantslessprogressive)
This is what happens when the GOP decides to declare a war on reproductive rights. It doesn’t just stop at abortion rights.
What are all of the people being affected by this going to do? Who is going to help them when Planned Parenthood doesn’t have the funding?
It is unacceptable that people are okay with letting so many people who NEED these services fall through the cracks. Reproductive health and family planning are not some frivolous type of medical care. These services are necessary, breast exams are necessary, pelvic exams and pap smears are necessary, IUDs are necessary, STI screenings are fucking necessary. ALL of these things save lives and make a healthier population.
People shouldn’t have to go to the ER because they had trouble peeing, thought they had an STI that would clear up on its own, and then find out that they actually have stage four prostate cancer. A reproductive health clinic (and the funding that goes with it) could prevent something like that from happening.