On Misrepresentation of The Fight on Capital Hill

From a Planned Parenthood press release:

“A number of outlets have reported that the standoff on Capitol Hill concerns ‘abortion funding.’ This is wholly inaccurate and is nothing more than a political talking point.

“Federal law already bars the use of federal funds for abortion services. There is no federal abortion funding to cut.

“What’s at stake is not ‘abortion funding.’ Abortion services are not covered by Medicaid or any other federal program. The Hyde amendment settled that issue more than 30 years ago.

“The truth is that the rider regarding Planned Parenthood would bar Planned Parenthood from being paid by Medicaid and other federal programs for providing women with birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and testing and treatment for other STIs.

“More than 90 percent of the health care Planned Parenthood provides is preventive.

“Every year, Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses provide:

  • nearly one million screenings for cervical cancer
  • 830,000 breast exams
  • affordable birth control to nearly 2.5 million patients
  • nearly four million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV testing”

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