A new study shows that women rely heavily on publicly-funded women’s health clinics — such as Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country — not just for contraception care, but also for their general health care needs.
The Guttmacher Institute reports that 40 percent of American women seek primary care at a women’s clinic, while 60 percent rely on them specifically for their contraception needs. The study also finds that these clinics prove more effective for women; eighty percent reporting seeking care there because of “respectful staff, confidential care, free or low cost services, and staff who are knowledgeable about women’s health.”
Clinics like Planned Parenthood offer abortion as part of a broader range of health care services, and this study underlines exactly how the state initiatives to defund abortion services would have the unintended effect of undermining women’s health care as a whole.
In fact, the negative effects of defunding women’s clinics are already evident. In Texas, where the Governor moved to block funding to any clinic that had any affiliation with abortion, over 100 clinics have been forced to close due to a lack of funding, and 160,000 women are forgoing care because of budget cuts.