WASHINGTON, DC -- Tuesday, demonstrators showed up outside of the Capitol shouting for the People’s Filibuster shouting, “Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame!”, all in an effort to discourage members of Congress from passing the Trumpcare bill, which also carries with it the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
“it makes me shiver to think that there’s not going to be affordable healthcare for people. Not just accessible, but it’s gotta be affordable as well.”, says Joanna Tipple, a reverend who came to protest from Columbia County, New York.
She was just one of hundreds of people, led in part by California Congressman, John Garamendi, encouraging supporters of Planned Parenthood to make their voices heard saying,
“Those senators and those members of congress that will vote for this piece of trash are going to pay a price back home. They’re going to hear it from their constituents back home. They’re going to hear that they don’t want this to happen.”
According to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, millions of low income patients would lose access to preventative care like birth control and cancer screenings.
There is also concern that over 13 million women could lose out on maternity care under the Trumpcare bill.
“An extremely significant amount of people would be without healthcare if there was no planned parenthood.”, says Rev. Tipple.
However, those who oppose Planned Parenthood argue that services and patient numbers have been on the decline.
Data provided by the Family Research Council points to a steady decrease in services like cancer screenings and prenatal care since 2009.
Arina Grossu is the Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council
Says, “All of their other services have been dropping including prenatal care by half, breast exams by two thirds, you have screenings dropped by two thirds, and so we see that all of their other services that they’re purporting to do are dropping and what’s rising are their abortion numbers.”
Grossu says the money that goes into funding Planned Parenthood would be better off going into federally qualified health centers they say would be more accessible.
Grossu says, “Where we see the federally qualified health centers, that they are 20-to-one available to women in rural areas and areas that Planned Parenthood doesn’t even want to be a part of because they won’t make money there.”
According to the Congressional Budget Office, enacting the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would reduce the federal deficit by over $300 billion over the next nine years, but would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million in the same time frame.
Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell has decided to delay a vote on the Trumpcare Bill until after the July 4th holiday.