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Extremists in Congress — plus these 24 states — are threatening patient care at Planned Parenthood.

Scroll down to learn what "defunding" really means, how Americans feel about it, and who it would impact most. 

What does "Defunding" Planned Parenthood Really Mean?

“Defunding” Planned Parenthood is part of a larger agenda to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers and make it impossible to access safe, legal abortion in America.

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The Impact of Defunding Planned Parenthood

Anti-abortion politicians and extremists are spreading misinformation in an attempt to obscure  what they’re really trying to do and hide how their attacks on Planned Parenthood would hurt patients — nearly half of whom are people of color, and many of whom live in rural areas.

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The Recent History of Political Attacks on Planned Parenthood

Time and again, extremists and politicians have tried — and failed — to throw a one-two punch against Planned Parenthood. To give you a better sense of how this tactic works, here’s a short history of this one-two punch in action.

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How Federal Funding Works at Planned Parenthood

Does the Government Fund Planned Parenthood? 

With all the talk in Washington these days about “defunding Planned Parenthood,” you might think there’s a specific, Planned Parenthood line item in the federal budget that Congress and the president can just zero out. Turns out, nothing could be further from the truth.

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Fact: Public Overwhelmingly Supports Planned Parenthood

20 separate nationwide polls and an additional 12 polls in key states show strong favorability for Planned Parenthood and strong opposition to efforts in Congress to block patients from accessing high-quality, lifesaving care at Planned Parenthood.

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Guttmacher Report: Planned Parenthood is Not Replaceable

Other safety net providers cannot “fill the overwhelming hole torn in the safety net” if Congress “defunds” Planned Parenthood, as Republican leaders have promised to do. 

Jan 12, 2017

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No, Community Health Centers Cannot Absorb Planned Parenthood Patients

Repeating the same lie over and over again doesn’t make it true. As experts have demonstrated, CHCs don’t have the capacity to absorb the 2.5 million Planned Parenthood patients.

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4 Groups That Would Be Disproportionately Hurt

Hint: It’s not the old, rich, white men, trying to shut Planned Parenthood down.

Legislation to “defund” Planned Parenthood will hit people who already face barriers to accessing health care: people with low incomes, people of color, and people who live in rural areas.

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Tell Congress you stand with Planned Parenthood

The federal government is now in the hands of extremist lawmakers who have tried for years to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers and cut patients off from care. If they succeed, millions will lose the care they rely on each year, with people of color, those with low incomes, and folks in rural areas most affected.

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Lawmakers who have spent years trying to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood health centers now have the power to make their dangerous agenda a reality. It's going to take all of us standing together to defend reproductive health and rights in the face of this latest attack.

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Courtney's Story

Courtney's Story

Courtney's Story

"I have endometriosis, which is something that frequently causes infertility in women and I've always known that one of my biggest life goals was to be a mom.

If I had not had Planned Parenthood available, I wouldn't be as healthy and have the son that I have. It’s frightening to think a service like that could be taken away from other women — I was just a girl who wanted to have a family one day and couldn't afford the medication that I needed."

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