Anti-abortion activists see discrediting and defunding the organization as one of their best ways to reduce abortions in the United States.
Defenders argue that vast majority of federal money that Planned Parenthood receives actually funds preventive health care, birth control, cancer screenings, and other women's health care services—abortion only comprises three percent of the services. With 78 percent of Planned Parenthood's patients below the poverty line, cutting funds will harm poor people who need these services the most.
Pro-life organizations greeted the news enthusiastically, saying that this is a promise the GOP must deliver on to their constituents.
For millions of Americans, Planned Parenthood is their only reliable source of healthcare. Supporters say defunding Planned Parenthood will not only seriously damage public health, but will actually lead to more abortions.
Make no mistake, efforts by Congress to defund Planned Parenthood will leave millions of women without care https://t.co/LvT87ypPRS