For Immediate Release: May 18, 2017
A “Wake-Up Call for the Entire Nation” As Four Health Centers Close After Republicans Pass Defunding Law
With news reports that four Planned Parenthood health clinics in Iowa will close after GOP leaders rammed through a defunding measure just last week, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement:
“Today we’ve seen the heartbreaking outcome of the GOP’s endless attacks on Planned Parenthood. Thousands of women across Iowa will now be denied care, including many in rural and underserved communities—a situation made all the worse because it was completely avoidable. Rather than working to improve the lives of women and families through improved prenatal care and better access to contraception, GOP leaders instead chose to push an ideological agenda obsessed with making it harder for women to access basic health care.
“These shuttered clinics are a wrenching preview of what could soon play out across the nation if President Trump and GOP leaders pass their dangerous health proposal. Today must serve as a wake-up call for the entire nation about just how much is at stake in this fight.”
Every year, 2.5 million Americans go to Planned Parenthood for high quality, affordable healthcare. Congressional Republicans are pushing legislation that would prohibit patients who are on Medicaid from receiving basic care at these clinics, including cancer screenings, contraception, and STD testing.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”