The defunding of Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood provides healthcare for women, period.  Data points directly to the fact that proactive health care saves the country millions if not billions of dollars.  Those who can not afford to see a doctor do (or did) have access to Planned Parenthood where they can get free check-ups and more.  That is such a win but unfortunately, there are many people in this country who see Planned Parenthood as an abortion clinic which is utterly ridiculous.

The defunding of Planned Parenthood is truly one of the many upsetting roll-backs we are seeing from the all-white male Trump administration.  This is a timeline that shows all the ways that Congress and Trump administration have done to threaten women’s health care.

Here are some significant points.  Stay tuned as we plan on raising money for Planned Parenthood next month.

January 2017

  • 1/23: President Trump endangered the health of millions of women and girls in developing countries by reinstating and expanding the harmful Global Gag Rule.
  • 1/24: The House passed a bill to make the Hyde Amendment — which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion — permanent law. Next step: the Senate.
  • 1/25: President Trump signed his first executive order on immigration, undermining safety in immigrant communities and affecting the Planned Parenthood community.

February 2017

  • 2/10: The Senate confirmed longtime women’s health opponent Tom Price as HHS Secretary.

March 2017

  • 3/6: President Trump updated his travel ban, which was halted by a judge but threatens to pull families apart by banning refugees and immigrants from six majority-Muslim countries — including many women.
  • 3/7: The White House and Congress tried to block patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood and repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, like guaranteed maternity care coverage.
  • 3/27: President Trump revoked President Obama’s fair pay and safe workplaces orders.
  • 3/30: Vice President Pence cast the Senate’s tie-breaking vote todismantle President Obama’s rule protecting Title X patients’ access to family planning care — and President Trump signed it into law on April 13.

April 2017

  • 4/4: The Trump administration announced it will end U.S. funds to UNFPA, cutting off support for family planning, maternal health, and gender equity programs abroad.
  • 4/7: The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch, who has a history of interfering with reproductive rights and health, to the Supreme Court.