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Thousands of Iowa Women at Risk from Federal Budget Cuts?

February 22, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to cut billions from the federal budget, a measure which among other things prohibits Planned Parenthood health centers from receiving federal funds for any purpose, including basic preventive health care.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland President and CEO Jill June says that means some 60,000 women, particularly in rural areas of Iowa and Nebraska, would not get basic services.

"That's because women need Pap smears, they need birth control, they need annual exams, and they rely on Planned Parenthood to provide them."

She says this would eliminate family planning for women who can't afford it, and lead to more unintended pregnancies.

"This will not save money, because for every dollar spent on family planning in Iowa almost four dollars is saved that very same year in avoiding other Medicaid costs associated with unintended pregnancy."

June says Planned Parenthood clinics provide many services for women, ranging from cancer screenings to annual exams to HIV testing.

House Republicans claim the cuts are a long overdue money-saver for U.S. taxpayers.



Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA