Target: Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee Tom Cole
Goal: Don’t deny crucial contraceptive care and preventative health services to low-income individuals.
Family planning services across the U.S. are under attack, as members of Congress belonging to the Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee have proposed a budget that seeks to completely eliminate federal funding for the highly successful Title X program. Title X has provided fundamental services to more than five million low-income people every year for more than 40 years, including contraceptive care, cervical cancer screenings, family planning, HIV testing, and counseling unavailable to them otherwise.
The supporters of this defunding bill need to comprehend the detrimental effects of the closing of around 4,400 family planning centers that provide undeserved communities with vital, basic medical care everyone is entitled to. Cutting the funding for Title X would mean abandoning millions of women and men who have no other means to excellent medical help, and struggle already with issues such as homelessness, drug addiction, and domestic violence. Several supporters of this bill claim to be pro-life, but refuse to help those already straining to live, and blatantly strike down facilities created to empower and aid.
Title X family planning programs serve millions of demographically diverse individuals, and the defunding of this program would result in purely negative consequences. Facilities powered by Title X “…prevented unintended pregnancies [and] reduced the incidence and impact of…STIs, infertility, and cervical cancer, […which] saved the government billions of public dollars…” according to The Milbank Quarterly, a Multidisciplinary Journal of Population Health and Health Policy. The argument by the GOP that Title X allows for money to be used to fund abortions is arbitrary, and unproven by statistical facts, whereas it has been proven that Title X saves the government money and helps those in need.
By signing this petition, you will compel the Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee Tom Cole to preserve the healthcare and livelihood of millions of Americans by redacting a bill that would eliminate their only means to health services and preventive health measures.
Dear Chairman Cole,
The recently proposed bill for the 2016 fiscal year is a discriminatory and atrociously biased violation of fundamental human rights. Title X provides nothing but cost-efficient yet highly regarded family planning, medical attention, counseling and contraceptive methods to those who cannot afford these services otherwise, and the cutting of its funding directly harms low-income communities.
Not only do health centers funded by Title X present people with essential, top-tier healthcare normally forbidden to them, they also save the government billions of dollars and prove to be overall advantageous and effective. The defunding of these family planning organizations would be a violation of underprivileged people’s basic human rights and increase the percentage of unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and cases of unpredicted cervical or breast cancer.
I implore you to take these facts into consideration and acknowledge the beneficial attributes of Title X, and to strike down the Fiscal Year 2016 bill that would eradicate much-needed and crucial preventive health agendas for low-income individuals, and cease from inhibiting disadvantaged communities simply seeking to survive.
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