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Health Care Policy and Law
March 2017

Defunding Planned Parenthood—The Stakes for America’s Women

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco

Copyright 2017 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.

JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(3):307-308. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0178

As part of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Planned Parenthood would be banned from access to Medicaid reimbursements and federal family-planning funds, thus losing more than $500 million in government funding per year,1 about two-fifths of its total revenue.2 People who are unfamiliar with past fights about reproductive rights in the United States may assume that this prohibition refers to abortions. Medicaid funds, however, already cannot be used for pregnancy termination unless the mother’s life is in danger. Rather, the Republican plan would prohibit Planned Parenthood from billing the federal government for contraception and other reproductive health care services, tests for sexually transmitted diseases, and primary care.