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Ever since Republicans swept into state and federal offices in the 2010 midterm elections, many have been on a crusade to defund Planed Parenthood.

While Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a measure to defund the organization, the bill stalled in the Senate, allowing Planned Parenthood to continue providing medical services to low-income people. However, many states have taken the step to defund the organization, and we are now finding out it has very dire consequences.

In May Indiana passed a law defunding Planned Parenthood, stripping the organization of its Medicaid funding. Because most of Planned Parenthood’s clients have little or no income, the organization relied heavily on Medicaid funds to pay for treatment for its patients. But the loss of Medicaid funding means that Planned Parenthood has had to turn away thousands of individuals in Indiana who rely on its services.

The Associated Press reports:

Planned Parenthood began turning away Medicaid patients who couldn’t pay for its medical services Tuesday, one day after private donations that had paid those patients’ bills ran out.

A state law that took effect May 10 denied Planned Parenthood the Medicaid funds it uses to pay for general health services it provides to low-income women at its 28 Indiana clinics. The group is seeking a preliminary injunction to block Indiana’s law, and a ruling is expected by July 1.

Although conservatives claim Planned Parenthood is simply an abortion factory, the majority of its services, over 97-percent, include offering free or low-cost health care to women and men. Cancer screening, access to birth control, pap tests, STD testing, and general medical services are just a few of the things Planned Parenthood does to keep our nation’s most vulnerable residents healthy, but these services are in jeopardy.

Once again, political debates are being fought on the backs of the most vulnerable. By defunding Planned Parenthood Republicans will not only be preventing women from obtaining birth control, but forcing many into motherhood without giving them the support or health care necessary to keep themselves healthy.

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  • ASH

    Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re preborn, you’re fine; If you’re preschool, you’re fucked.

    • Bunny

      This is quite possibly the best comment I’ve read in years. YEARS

  • Jenell

    Makes my blood boil!

  • JustSaying…

    I don’t believe anything should be free. Proper decision making/planning and choices can help prevent people from becoming dependent on others (in this case the taxpayers) for everything from food to health care.

    I hope this is the beginning of many more cuts. Next should be welfare.

    People please put forth this SAME outrage when the chick next to you is popping out two-five bastard children, sucking up food stamps, and blaming the world for her plight.

    If I’m not mistaken the author of this article is the same individual that basically told fatherless individuals to stop quacking on fathers day. Well please stop quacking about other people’s money. Those of us that seek education and work hard in life shouldn’t be punished with the burden of supporting anyone.

    @LemonNLine

    If you want health coverage, education, food, and shelter GET UP AND WORK FOR IT LIKE THE REST OF US.

    • PGS

      Hmm, so I guess education shouldn’t be free either?

      According to your logic, I guess those who can afford private schools shouldn’t be bothered to support those who can’t, right?

    • JustSaying…

      If we’re talking college and up you need to play for that yourself. Elementary, Middle, and High School will continue to be paid for by taxpayers regardless of if we want to pay or not.

      A dumb workforce won’t serve the economy. But the buck stops there and with public services such as the fire and police department.

      The government is there govern not to financially support deadbeats, poor choice makers, and the poor. This is America–land of capitalism. If you want socialism get a plan ticket to Cuba. I give you two days flat before you’re on the next flight out of there.

      The problem: People who SHOULD be taking advantage of this country’s FREE public education are NOT doing so. However, these same people want to bang society on the head when they find themselves being left behind in poverty and working dead end low paying jobs. If you didn’t think enough of yourself to invest the time and patience needed to pursue an education in order to get a better job and compete why the hell should America keep wasting its money taking care of your sorry ass? Your health care, cost of living, etc is YOUR PROBLEM…not the taxpayers.

    • LemonNLime

      @JustSaying…

      Believe me I work EVERYDAY! And you know what all that money that I pay in taxes SHOULD COVER IT!

      Is that what you say to the college graduate who was told by her parent that if she worked hard she could be just successful as them and after graduate all she has to show for is an expensive piece of paper and debt?

      Is that what you say the family farmer who thanks to insane patenting laws on seeds loses everything they’ve had in their family for generation because of huge agrocoroprations?

      Is that what you say the industry workers whose jobs were shipped to China or Mexico so that the CEO of the company could make a few more dollars to add to their already 7 figure salaries?

      Is that what you say to children who parents can’t afford medical care for their kids because the went from working full time jobs to being on unemployment because: 1. unemployment pays more that working at a fast food place, 2. the fast food places don’t provide health insurance to part-time staff bc it costs the company additional money?

      Believe me there are TONS of people in THIS country that WANT to work. It is not their fault that the elites and politicians in this country wasted that money on endless wars, backhanded marketing schemes, and all the other s*$% those thieves are involved in and in turn tanked the global economy. And you want to point a finger and blame the common man?! Just remember just because it hasn’t happened to you, doesn’t mean it can’t. Don’t let these politicians fool you, if you think the economy is getting better you are crazy. I pray to God should happen to you, you don’t have someone pointing their fingers in your face tell you “If you want health coverage, education, food, and shelter GET UP AND WORK FOR IT LIKE THE REST OF US.”

  • Alexandra

    “Although conservatives claim Planned Parenthood is simply an abortion factory, the majority of its services, over 97-percent, include offering free or low-cost health care to women and men. Cancer screening, access to birth control, pap tests, STD testing, and general medical services are just a few of the things Planned Parenthood does to keep our nation’s most vulnerable residents healthy, but these services are in jeopardy.”

    Exactly. This entire abortion debate clouded all the other services PP provides for everyone. Lets hope the aftermath of this, doesn’t result in regret.