Tell Oklahoma to Renew Funding for Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood

Target: Oklahoma State Department of Health

Goal: Give funding back to Planned Parenthood

People across America depend on Planned Parenthood. The organization serves approximately 3 million people every year, providing them affordable healthcare, contraceptives, sex education, anonymous abortions, cancer screening, HIV/AIDS testing, and counseling, as well as lobbying for pro-choice legislation. Though controversial, most states have deemed Planned Parenthood necessary, especially because of its ties to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. WIC provides federally funded assistance and food stamps to low-income women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have young children. Much of Planned Parenthood’s funding comes from WIC.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has made the decision to terminate the contract that ties WIC to a number of Planned Parenthood clinics. This will, for all intents and purposes, cut Planned Parenthood’s funding in the state. Oklahoma’s Planned Parenthood and WIC programs were in partnership for 18 years. Now it is likely that several Tulsa area Planned Parenthood clinics will have to shut their doors, making it impossible for many people to receive the affordable, anonymous healthcare they need.

Although a state spokesperson said the reason for ending the contract was financial, it is clear that this is a political move. Pro-life politicians and interests have been targeting Planned Parenthood for some time now, repeatedly attempting to shut down or otherwise fetter the organization. They claim that closing Planned Parenthood would strengthen communities and the country but their clamoring is nothing more than a vicious and unrelenting attack on healthcare and women’s rights. Sign the petition: tell Oklahoma to renew the WIC contract and allow Planned Parenthood to stay open.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Members of the Oklahoma State Department of Health,

Literally millions of people across the country depend on Planned Parenthood. For decades, Planned Parenthood has provided services such as cancer screening, STD testing, counseling, sex education, contraceptives, and abortions at a price that anyone can afford. They have been a provider of anonymous, affordable, reliable, and safe healthcare for countless people in need. Planned Parenthood can provide these services because of the funding they receive from WIC, the federal program that provides food vouchers for mothers in need.

However, the Department of Health recently made the decision to terminate the WIC contract, effectively cutting Planned Parenthood’s funding and forcing several locations to shut down their operations. These clinics provide valuable services for locals; without the funding that Planned Parenthood gets from WIC, people will have to go without the help that Planned Parenthood could otherwise give them. People will always get sick, need help, or just want to talk to a professional anonymously; Planned Parenthood could provide them these vital services at an affordable rate. In this day and age that is truly invaluable.

Please reconsider your decision. Nothing good can come from shutting down these Planned Parenthood clinics; people in need will only suffer in their absence. Do not kowtow to overbearing powers that will do whatever they feel they have to do to cut off people’s rights to healthcare and a woman’s right to govern her own body. Think about the people of Oklahoma. Renew the WIC contract and keep Planned Parenthood open.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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