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Planned Parenthood cut would affect Alaska women

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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Ending federal spending for Planned Parenthood would end preventative care for thousands of women in Alaska, the group said.

The group runs clinics in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Soldotna and Sitka and provides family planning services around the state at a cost of about $3 million, the Anchorage Daily News reported Monday.

About 10 percent of the patient visits are for abortions — the issue threatening federal funding as Congress works on a budget.

About 40 percent of the 11,000 Planned Parenthood visits last year were federally funded, including patients on Medicaid, said Clover Simon, the federal program administrator for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. Federal money is not spent on abortions except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's life is in danger, she said.

Abortions are paid for privately, through insurance, or through Denali KidCare, which is part of Medicaid and uses only state dollars to pay for abortions.

The new push in Congress would affect annual exams, birth control services, breast and cervical cancer screening, sexually transmitted disease testing, and a program intended to prevent teen pregnancies.

"If you eliminate family planning and you eliminate Planned Parenthood's ability to provide services, what you are going to end up with is higher rates of abortion," Simon said. "Because people are not going to be able to access the family planning services they have been depending on."

In addition to targeting Planned Parenthood, the House budget bill would also eliminate family planning dollars provided separately through what's known as Title X. That program covers annual exams, birth control counseling, sexually transmitted disease testing, infertility issues, and screening for chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

In Alaska, Title X grants go to the municipality of Anchorage and the state of Alaska, plus Planned Parenthood. The loss of that money would further squeeze efforts to serve low-income patients, the organizations say.

Planned Parenthood alone receives a $300,000 annual Title X grant for its clinics in Soldotna, Sitka and Juneau, Simon said.

While Planned Parenthood has been holding rallies and running ads in an effort to hold onto the federal dollars, opponents are trying to make sure the money is cut from the federal budget.

"Have You Told Congress To Stop Abortion Funding?" says a recent email sent out by Team Sarah, the conservative coalition formed in support of former governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Jim Minnery, president of the Christian group Alaska Family Council, says Planned Parenthood may provide some needed heath care services. "But overall those services can be provided through other organizations ... that aren't tied to the billion-dollar abortion industry, and aren't tied to this horrific history that has tainted them," he said.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com



Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/2011/03/planned-parenthood-cut-would-affect-alaska-women#ixzz1HuhrM4vP

by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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bluesky51201
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

I agree with Jim Minnery

Jenniejen77
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM


Quoting bluesky51201:

I agree with Jim Minnery

Are you from Alaska or ever lived there?

bluesky51201
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:06 PM


Quoting Jenniejen77:


Quoting bluesky51201:

I agree with Jim Minnery

Are you from Alaska or ever lived there?

Yes I have lived there

wickedfiress
by Ruby Member on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:07 PM

I'm living in Alaska now, and from what I've seen, there are a TON of backwoods hardcore republicans here, even in Anchorage. I wouldn't doubt that a majority of them would be in favor of this once they hear "cuts federal funding for abortions."

Anchorage is a "big city" with a small town feel. You would think that in the city, you'd find more liberals, that just doesn't seem to be the case here.

Jenniejen77
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:09 PM


Quoting bluesky51201:


Quoting Jenniejen77:


Quoting bluesky51201:

I agree with Jim Minnery

Are you from Alaska or ever lived there?

Yes I have lived there

Then you know how remote some of these places are, and how difficult it can be to get around, especially in winter. Other than a midwifery, there is no other family planning clinic in Soldotna. What should those low-income women do? Where should they go for birth control?

Jenniejen77
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:10 PM


Quoting wickedfiress:

I'm living in Alaska now, and from what I've seen, there are a TON of backwoods hardcore republicans here, even in Anchorage. I wouldn't doubt that a majority of them would be in favor of this once they hear "cuts federal funding for abortions."

Anchorage is a "big city" with a small town feel. You would think that in the city, you'd find more liberals, that just doesn't seem to be the case here.

Yes, it's pretty bad in Fairbanks as well. 

ISAIAHMOM632007
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:15 PM
So alaska is paying for abortions with state money wow our tax dollars to kill babies nice. Remember planned parenthood makes over 85 million in profit a year. Please google there net profits, they can afford to give those services for free if they cared so much about women. There A non profit right? Most crisis pregnancy centers get no government funding so go figure.
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bluesky51201
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM


Quoting Jenniejen77:


Quoting bluesky51201:


Quoting Jenniejen77:


Quoting bluesky51201:

I agree with Jim Minnery

Are you from Alaska or ever lived there?

Yes I have lived there

Then you know how remote some of these places are, and how difficult it can be to get around, especially in winter. Other than a midwifery, there is no other family planning clinic in Soldotna. What should those low-income women do? Where should they go for birth control?

I've been to Soldotna many times (only Dairy Queen in the state and I craved it during pregnancy) and I remember seeing doctors offices and clinics there.

Jenniejen77
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM


Quoting ISAIAHMOM632007:

So alaska is paying for abortions with state money wow our tax dollars to kill babies nice. Remember planned parenthood makes over 85 million in profit a year. Please google there net profits, they can afford to give those services for free if they cared so much about women. There A non profit right? Most crisis pregnancy centers get no government funding so go figure.

How is it your tax money if you don't live in Alaska? 

and they do often give many of those services for free. 

And do crisis pregnancy centers do cancer screenings? Birth control? Annual exams?

Jenniejen77
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM


Quoting bluesky51201:


Quoting Jenniejen77:


Quoting bluesky51201:


Quoting Jenniejen77:


Quoting bluesky51201:

I agree with Jim Minnery

Are you from Alaska or ever lived there?

Yes I have lived there

Then you know how remote some of these places are, and how difficult it can be to get around, especially in winter. Other than a midwifery, there is no other family planning clinic in Soldotna. What should those low-income women do? Where should they go for birth control?

I've been to Soldotna many times (only Dairy Queen in the state and I craved it during pregnancy) and I remember seeing doctors offices and clinics there.

LOL Yes, there are. They usually take insurance or you have to pay for those services, often a pretty penny. Remember, low-income women don't have to pay much or anything at all for the family planning services at PP. So, what should those women do? 

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