To the editor:
The Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature and Gov. Brownback have taken action to prevent Planned Parenthood health centers in our state from receiving Title X federal funding. This will result in a loss of lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control and basic family planning for women and families with limited incomes.
This is a brazen and unbelievable strike against women in our state!
What many may not know is that Planned Parenthood and hundreds of thousands of its supporters around the country have fought intensely to ensure Congress’ continued Title X federal funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing and more — and we won!
But Brownback and the Legislature have the ability to remove this federal funding from Planned Parenthood centers in Kansas, and that is exactly what they have just done.
Denying women access to birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and more is utterly unconscionable. Planned Parenthood serves more than 8,000 women, men and teens each year at its Wichita and Hays health centers — the vast majority of whom simply have no other options.
Making Planned Parenthood ineligible to receive funding will actually increase Medicaid and emergency health care costs. Unbelievable!
Clearly, this is a political and biased attack on people with limited incomes and Planned Parenthood. As a result, thousands of families in Kansas will be hurt.
Supporters of Planned Parenthood are rightly outraged at this act of discrimination against women and their families.
This action by the governor and the Republican-dominated Legislature must not be allowed to stand!