Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

May-23-12

Bill to be Introduced in PA to Defund Planned Parenthood

A bill is due to be introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature today that will defund Planned Parenthood in the state. The bill, "Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act," will be introduced by State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R). Under the bill, healthcare providers that offer abortions will be given the lowest priority for receiving state funding. According to the Huffington Post, the bill was co-written by the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List and Alliance Defense Fund.

Four other states- Ohio, Kansas, Michigan, and Oklahoma- have bills pending that seek to defund or decrease the funds available to Planned Parenthood. This year, Arizona defunded Planned Parenthood and Maine has cut $400,000 in family planning funds. Six states in 2011 passed legislation that defunds Planned Parenthood. Of those states, District Courts in Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee have declared the laws unconstitutional and blocked them from going into effect. Wisconsin's legislation was not blocked.

President of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, Jeff Teague, said that the attempts to end funding are directly affecting patients who rely on Planned Parenthood's health services. He said, "In the past our clients would qualify for services for free, but now we have to charge them a fee. It's put a burden on people, obviously. We've seen a ten percent decrease in patient numbers, and we've worked very closely with [the] health department to see if they've seen a corresponding increase, and they have not. We have a serious concern that there are a number of women not receiving or delaying care, which is a bad situation either way."

Media Resources: Think Progress 5/23/12; Huffington Post 5/22/12


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

7/25/2014 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Disabilities Treaty - By a vote of 12 to 6, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee agreed to recommend ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the full US Senate. "One hundred forty six nations and the European Union have ratified the Disabilities Treaty, but it will require American leadership to ensure the treaty's protections become a reality," said Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. . . .
 
7/25/2014 Women's Equality Party Launched in New York - In November, voters in New York may elect the first Women's Equality Party ticket. . . .
 
7/24/2014 Feminist Leaders and Activists Rally for the Equal Rights Amendment - This morning, Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) led a solid crowd of Equal Rights Amendment activists and supporters just beyond the steps of the U.S. . . .