Congress Sends Letters to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell
On August 14, 2015, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent letters to both Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, and to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, demanding answers.
See below for the wording of request #4 to Burwell and request #7 to Richards. They are identical, and very interesting.
Identify, specifically, what procedures, services, or other medical treatments are available only or exclusively at a Planned Parenthood affiliate or health center that are covered by either a state's Medicaid program or a health plan sold via a state exchange or HealthCare.gov under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Do not include services or procedures that could otherwise be provided by a private health care provider.
The point being made is that there is no service that Planned Parenthood provides that isn't already provided by other womens health centers. In fact, there are a total of 700 Planned Parenthood centers in the United States. There are 9,170 federally qualified health centers (FQHC) which operate in service sites in both rural and urban locations, and which offer low-income populations health services similar to those provided by Planned Parenthood, but do not perform abortions. See Planned Parenthood and Federally Qualified Health Centers.
What would happen if Planned Parenthood went away today? A significant drop in abortions as a convenient method of birth control, and a rise in the effective and consistent use of a myriad of legitimate birth prevention methods.