Target: John Bel Edwards, Governor of Louisiana
Goal: Continue public funding for Planned Parenthood and other women’s health clinics.
Planned Parenthood in Louisiana could be stripped of all public funding, thanks to a bill recently passed by the state legislature. The bill says that any clinic that provides abortions (except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to a woman’s life) will be ineligible to receive funds from Medicaid. This bill is yet another attempt to prevent women from getting access to the healthcare they need.
Planned Parenthood provides countless vital healthcare services that are unrelated to abortion such as STD testing, cancer screenings, prenatal exams, and contraception. Stripping Medicaid from any institution that performs abortions will also cut off access to all the other healthcare services that low-income women need.
Planned Parenthood should not be forced to choose between providing abortions and getting funding to cover the healthcare costs of their low-income patients. Government officials have no business telling clinics that they cannot perform a safe, elective medical procedure. A woman’s decision to have an abortion should be between her and her healthcare provider. The government is violating women’s liberty by attempting to make those decisions for them.
Sign the petition below to encourage the governor of Louisiana to protect women’s healthcare by vetoing this bill.
Dear Governor Edwards,
As you are already aware, the legislature in Louisiana recently passed a bill that would take away public funding for any clinic that performs abortions in Louisiana. I strongly urge you to veto this bill, as it is a violation of a woman’s right to choose, and would have an extremely detrimental impact on low-income women.
Too many low-income women cannot get access to necessary healthcare procedures like cancer screenings, STD tests, prenatal care, and contraception. To take away Medicaid funding from clinics that perform abortions will severely limit low-income women’s access to healthcare. Essentially, this bill punishes poor women in order to push an anti-abortion political agenda.
Proponents of this bill will argue that it is not their fault poor women cannot get healthcare, it is Planned Parenthood’s fault for providing abortions. But politicians have no business telling clinics they cannot perform a perfectly safe, elective medical procedure, and they have no business telling women they cannot get that procedure. Abortion is a woman’s personal decision. For the government to try to influence that decision is a massive abuse of power.
Planned Parenthood should not be forced to choose between providing healthcare to low-income women and providing abortion. I urge you to respect a woman’s right to choose and veto this bill.
[Your Name Here]
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