U.S. News & World Report: Fight Over Planned Parenthood Funding Is Far From Over

U.S. News & World Report: Fight Over Planned Parenthood Funding Is Far From Over

An initial attempt to defund Planned Parenthood was blocked in the Senate this week, but abortion opponents plan to keep up their efforts through the fall.

By Gabrielle Levy

Efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding, halted for the moment in the Congress, are expected to intensify in the coming months as anti-abortion lawmakers vow to make it central to the fight over government spending.

“Community health centers are tremendous and do an incredible job serving communities,” says Susan Berke Fogel, the director of reproductive health at the National Health Law Program, but “many community health centers are already way over capacity.”

Not only that, Fogel says, but many simply aren’t prepared to step in to provide the services covered by Planned Parenthood.

“Some provide a full range of services, yes, but some partner with Planned Parenthood or other clinics that are experts in reproductive health, that know how to ask the right questions,” she says.

“And then there are some community centers that are affiliated with Catholic Hospitals” that don’t provide family planning services at all, she says. Read the full article here. »

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