Early Thurs. morning, President Donald Trump signed a piece of legislation that will allow individual states to withhold federal family planning money from Planned Parenthood — an organization that helps more than four million women receive vital reproductive healthcare like cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing. The federal grant program in question is called Title X. The program, which is entirely dedicated to family planning and reproductive health services for low-income and uninsured patients, has no direct connection to abortion services. So when you find out how much money Planned Parenthood received from Title X, you're going to be even more frustrated with Trump's affirmative action to defund it immediately.
In the year 2016, Title X received $252.6 million in grants for worthy family health care providers. Of that, Planned Parenthood clinics only received $20.5 million. The funding goes to the best provider, and for many reasons, Planned Parenthood statistically stands out as such. With a wide range of contraceptive options, fast and affordable care, they manage to help millions of families with health care that goes far beyond abortions. Most importantly, it helps families plan with contraception, making it possible to prevent over one million unwanted pregnancies a year.
So what will Planned Parenthood do if the states decide to withhold the federal funding? Quite clearly, they'll have to let down the millions of women who rely on them for healthcare. Without the option to lean on federal funding, patients who need Planned Parenthood's services will have to pay out of pocket — an expense that's not affordable for many.
And while individual donations are helpful, the loss of federal funding will be a big hit for the organization, and has the potential to endanger the reproductive health of so many woman who will otherwise be underserved by healthcare options.