Myth #1 Debunked: Other providers can absorb Planned Parenthood’s patient base

There is a lot of misinformation out there about Planned Parenthood — much of which has been pushed forward by anti-women’s health politicians and groups focused on blocking patients from turning to Planned Parenthood health centers for reproductive health care. They’re trying to block people with Medicaid coverage from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers — including birth control, cancer screenings, and STD/STI testing and treatment.

Well, saying something over and over doesn’t make it true. So here is PART 1 of a 5-PART series debunking some of the biggest myths about Planned Parenthood.

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Myth #1: Other providers can absorb Planned Parenthood’s patient base if it’s “defunded.”

Debunked! The executive director of the American Public Health Association has called such claims “ludicrous.” The reality is without Planned Parenthood many patients would have nowhere else to go for this care. And those hardest hit would be people who already face barriers to care — people of color, people with low incomes, and those in rural and underserved communities.

After Planned Parenthood health centers were forced to close in Wisconsin, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s home state, patients faced significant wait lists to see a doctor at community health clinics. The need for reproductive health care like birth control and cancer screenings was so great after the health center closed in Shawano County, WI, that “the health department didn’t know where to send women for certain services” — and now the county is “virtually on its own” facing a spike in gonorrhea infections and what the state government recently called a “hot-spot” for new chlamydia infections. And how many federally qualified community health clinics are there in Speaker Ryan’s Racine and Walworth counties? Zero.


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