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Trump's Budget Blocks Funding For Abortion Providers; Cuts Reproductive, Sexual Healthcare Options

On Tuesday, President Trump announced a budget proposal that increases spending on security measures, such as border control and the military, and reduces spending on social services, such as medical and anti-poverty initiatives. One of the most controversial aspects of the budget proposal is Trump’s plan to cut all federal funding to health service providers that also offer abortions, such as Planned Parenthood, The New York Times reported. Here is how the proposed cuts could affect your access to sexual and reproductive health care.

Although Planned Parenthood does not directly receive money from the federal government, about 60 percent of Planned Parenthood patients rely on public healthcare programs, such as Medicaid and Title X, the organization's website reports. These programs reimburse Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses for the services they provide.

Their website notes the Hyde Amendment already prohibits tax dollars from paying for abortions, so Medicaid cannot fund abortion services. Instead, federal funding for Planned Parenthood pays for patients' STI testing and treatment, cancer screenings, and contraceptives. The organization currently serves about 2.5 million Americans a year offering cancer screening, HIV testing, and birth control.

Cutting funding to Planned Parenthood would mean government health programs would no longer cover services performed at their clinics, and many patients would have to go elsewhere. However, many patients have nowhere else to go, and in more than 20 percent of the counties where Planned Parenthood health centers operate, there are no other health care providers that serve patients who rely on safety-net providers.

Read: Planned Parenthood: Who Funds Them, And Where Does Their Money Go?

Trump President Trump's new budget plan includes defunding organizations that offer abortion services. Photo Courtesy of Pixabay

“This is the worst budget for women and women’s health in a generation,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a statement Monday, CNN reported. “It guts programs designed to help women and their families put food on the table, get the medical care they need, and make ends meet. Gimmicks and misdirection cannot cover up a deadly agenda that would hurt women and prevent access to basic health care in the U.S. and across the globe.”

From 2014 to 2015, Planned Parenthood recieved about 43 percent of its revenue from government health services grants and reimbursements, equaling about $554 million dollars, according to its annual report. Without government funding, the organization would have to find another way to raise these funds in order to keep working at the same capacity.

At the moment, Planned Parenthood still provides IUDs or implants as long-term birth control options, and still provides the birth control pill

Lack of access to Planned Parenthood services could but people at risk of undiagnosed cancers and STIs, and increase the risk of maternal mortality and unintended pregnancies, the organization's vice president of communications Kevin Griffis told Refinery 29.

In addition, the budget proposes other cuts into programs designed to support the health of America's poorest families, such as cuts to food stamps; the cuts disproportionately affect women, people of color, and people with low incomes, The New York Times reported.

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