The New Hampshire state government has voted to defund Planned Parenthood Inc. of state funds. The resulting loss for Planned Parenthood will amount to up to $1.8 million dollars, or twenty percent of their annual funding. Even more dumbfounding, the state has removed the organization's authority to provide low-cost birth control and antibiotics to individuals without insurance. Planned Parenthood has always had a "sliding-scale" for prescription costs. You bring them a paystub, then they determine how much of a discount you receive on birth control or other prescription medications. The cost is always deeply discounted from what you would expect to pay at a pharmacy.
Jennifer Frizzell, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, reported that Planned Parenthood has had to turn away twenty to thirty people per day seeking to refill prescription medications. Many of these people will be unable to pay full price for their drugs, and will have to do without. In a country where so many are without health insurance, institutions like Planned Parenthood are invaluable in maintaining the health of the poor.
By my calculation, if Planned Parenthood turns away approximately twenty-five women per day seeking birth control, that's 9,000 women per year. Each one of them, when denied access to contraceptives, is more likely to experience an unwanted pregnancy. Great job "fighting" for fewer abortions, New Hampshire.
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