The director of public policy for Planned Parenthood Arizona claims her organization currently provides family planning services to about 25,000 women using federal funds and to about 4,000 women using Arizona's Medicaid program. Planned Parenthood Arizona's President, Bryan Howard, expressed concern that HB 2800 could force people to go without healthcare services.
This is a familiar story. One side seeks to prevent any funding--direct or indirect--from going to organizations that provide abortions. The other side claims such a move cannot be done without removing people's access to non-abortion healthcare services. We ask for your perspective, dear Reader:
- Which is more important: ensuring people--especially low income people--have the greatest possible access to non-abortion healthcare, or preventing indirect tax dollars from funding abortions? Why?
- What are the best methods to prevent tax dollars from funding abortions while simultaneously ensuring people get equal or improved access to non-abortion healthcare?
- Is there a need for a new or expanded network of abortion-free healthcare organizations to supplant Planned Parenthood?
- If so, what is one small step an individual pro-lifer could take to help create this network?