Democrats for Life of America released a statement calling for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood and to divert funds to community health centers that provide comprehensive healthcare for women--without doing abortions.
The statement came as a result of the undercover videos that show how Planned Parenthood is possibly violating federal law with the sale of fetal body parts. These videos have renewed the push to strip Planned Parenthood of its nearly half-a-billion dollars of federal funds.
DFLA Executive Director Kristen Day elaborated in the statement that community health clinics provide care that Planned Parenthood does not--such as mammograms--and are more widely available throughout the country than Planned Parenthood clinics.
“Supporters of Planned Parenthood have expressed concern that women will not have access to medical care. We share that concern, which is why we are calling on Congress to reallocate the funding to Community Health Centers,” said Day.” There are 9,000 Community Health Center sites across the country; almost every single Congressional district has at least one. They vastly outnumber the 700 Planned Parenthood facilities, and they provide fuller services for families. We want to ensure that women still have access to the services and support they need.”
There are thousands of other health clinics who provide free and reduced-cost vital healthcare to women around the country, and these clinics deserve federal money. Planned Parenthood has been credibly accused of violating federal law, and should at the very least be investigated.