NEW YORK – Republicans are attempting to locate a way to defund Planned Parenthood within an overall effort to restrict abortion in the usa.
The analysis, conducted by economics professor Analisa Packham (currently at Miami University), reveals that in the first 3 years later Texas Republicans slashed the family planning budget in 2011 and closed down more than 80 women’s health clinics, the abortion rate among teenagers in the country rose 3 percent more than what it would have been had the practices remained open. After cutting Planned Parenthood from the state’s subsidized women’s health plan, then-Gov. Rick Perry (R) said his “goal” was to “guarantee abortions are as rare as possible under present law.” However, the move really interfered with a general downward trend in abortions in Texas.
“This certainly is not how to have fewer abortions,” said Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, an OB-GYN in Maryland and an urge with Physicians for Reproductive Health. “The abortion rates nationwide have diminished and are at a historical low. So for Texans to observe a rise in adolescent abortions is really telling — it appeared to have followed the national trend until these practices were defunded.”
The general abortion rate in the country dropped 14 percent between 2013 and 2016 — but this was largely because in certain low-income rural regions, such as the Rio Grande Valley, girls would have had to drive over 100 miles to locate the closest safe and legal abortion provider. Those women either had to find dangerous, do-it-yourself processes or just have babies they did not want or could not afford.
President Donald Trump and the Republicans in control of Congress now want to “defund” Planned Parenthood nationally by preventing Medicaid recipients — who account for over fifty percent of Planned Parenthood’s patients — by going there for birth control and cancer screenings.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates this could cause 15 percent of girls in rural areas to drop access to family planning care entirely, which in turn would lead to more unplanned pregnancies and likely more abortions.
Studies reveal that 40 percent of unintended pregnancies end in abortion, so cutting access to birth control isn’t the way to decrease the total abortion rate.
Just a few moderate Republicans, such as Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), appear to comprehend the flaw in this program.
“If you are serious about trying to decrease the amount of abortions,” Collins told reporters in March, “the best way to do this is to make family planning more broadly available.”