Community Health Centers Come to the Rescue
Last week, I joined my colleague Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) in writing about giving women better access to health care. Contrary to the rhetoric, women’s health care doesn’t have to be sacrificed to protect the life an unborn child. For years, Planned Parenthood has received federal funding under the notion of providing a variety of women’s health services, including cancer screenings, family planning and reproductive health services; however, it is important to note that these same services are actually offered on a larger and more comprehensive scale from other places, including local community health centers.
There are 665 Planned Parenthood locations in the United States, and 13,540 federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics. By redirecting the funding that has historically gone to Planned Parenthood to community health centers, Congress can simultaneously provide for affordable, and accessible women’s health care, while still protecting the lives of millions of unborn children. It looks you can have it both ways.