Last month, Planned Parenthood health centers across the country were forced out of the nation’s Title X program because of a federally mandated gag rule. Title X is designed to ensure that everyone, no matter where they live, how much money they make, and whether or not they have health insurance, has access to basic preventive reproductive health care like birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and wellness exams.
We already know the devastating consequences from blocking access to reproductive health care: Arkansas has some of the highest rates of unintended pregnancy and STDs, as well as the fourth highest maternal mortality rate in the nation.
Blocking any funding to Planned Parenthood really means blocking patients from accessing health care that they need and deserve. Politicians should be finding ways to protect and expand access to care, not putting people’s health care at risk.
Stand with us in one or more of the following ways as we fight back together against these regressive policies that limit patients’ access to care:
Arkansas Manager of Public Policy and Organizing
Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes
Tuesday, Sept. 24 - National Voter Registration Day
Tuesday, Oct. 1 - Planned Parenthood rocks out with Heart and Joan Jett - Little Rock
Arkansans traveling for abortions, data show, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
“Like those in many nearby states, Arkansas lawmakers have steadily moved to restrict abortion access in recent years. With Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indiana and South Dakota, the state was one of six designated as 'very hostile' to abortion in a recent analysis from Guttmacher Institute, a policy group that supports abortion rights. At least nine new laws that affect abortion access in some way were passed during this year’s Arkansas legislative session.”
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