Half a Million People May Soon Lose Access to Planned Parenthood

By Miriam Zoila Pu00e9rez Apr 21, 2016

Planned Parenthood (PP) announced on Wednesday (April 20) that the multi-year legislative campaign against the organization is now threatening health care access for 500,000 people. Twenty-four states have moved forward with attempts to cut funding to the provider, which offers birth control, STI screening and abortion care to millions of people around the country.

Just one day before the PP announcement, the Obama Administration sent a strong message to state Medicaid offices about the legality of preventing PP from accepting Medicaid, which is something that officials in 11 of the 24 states are trying to do. ThinkProgress reports: "The letter, sent to each state’s Medicaid director, cautions lawmakers that ‘providing the full range of women’s health services…shall not be grounds for a state’s action against a provider in the Medicaid program.’"

We’ve covered why threats to PP disproportionately impact people of color, but it’s also worth noting that many of the pink states in the map above have significant populations of people of color who rely on the threatened services. In fact, the organization says that 29 percent of the people who are at risk of losing access are Latino.