The GOP intends to cut Title X, which is government-funded family planning. All of it. Entirely. Title X funds places like Planned Parenthood and covers services like contraceptives and cancer screenings. It doesn’t fund abortion. (Interestingly, they do intend to help out wild horses who need contraception.)
There’s a hashtag for this, started by Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon. It’s #thanksppfa, and it’s about emphasizing the great care that Planned Parenthood provides for women who need affordable reproductive services. I was horrified by this proposed cut when I heard about it last week. But last week I had a full-time job and group health insurance.
On Tuesday, I lost my job. My insurance will run out on March 1. I am on the pill. I also was treated in November for severe cervical dysplasia, which means I am at high risk for cervical cancer. If I cannot find another job with group health insurance, Planned Parenthood will be my first destination for cancer screenings and birth control pills.
As of March 1st, I will be one of the estimated 35% of Texas women who are uninsured. If I buy an individual health plan, which will cost me around $150 a month, my pre-existing cervical condition will not be covered by insurance. I need Title X funding to stay healthy. There are hundreds of thousands of women like me in Texas alone. Please ask your representative to vote no to cutting Title X.
Because I think it’s difficult to dismiss real women talking about what they need and believe in, I wanted to put my own face to this and made a #thanksppfa video. Here it is:
(Not a Texan? Click here for Guttmacher’s guide to Title X funding in your state.)