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State should analyze thoroughly before actingPosted Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at 1:09 PM
Medicaid users of Indiana: 1.
Mitch Daniels: 0.
After "Our Man Mitch" signed a bill that was going to block $3.5 million in funding to Planned Parenthood in order to prevent taxpayer funded abortions, you better believe that some young women all throughout the state were red-faced.
Despite the fact of whether they provided abortions, what about other services they provide?
As teenage girls we have to experience our first Pap test. It is terrifying without the right support system. And ladies, you know that it is all about the doctor. Once you find that one doctor you are comfortable with, there is no changing. What about those of us that can't afford a real Gyno? Planned Parenthood is there to support those girls and women who have to endure that annual screening. It sure isn't as easy as "turn your head and cough."
Then, there is the dreaded "pill." It is not cheap to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. Planned Parenthood offers discounted birth control to those eligible. The funding cut was set forth to diminish the abortion rate of unplanned pregnancies, but also take away the most common way to avoid them. That is just a tad contradictory.
Then, there are the STD screenings that would not be done if funding was cut. These screens can run up to $100 per test. Chances are, instead of coming up with the money on their own, they would just go without the test and an epidemic would begin.
Most importantly, Planned Parenthood is there for those pregnancy scares. They offer the pregnancy tests, as well as counselors to speak with the woman.
Cutting funding from 9,300 Indiana Medicaid users could create 5,000 unwanted pregnancies. Out of that, 2,000 babies might get neglected or just thrown into the system because their parents are so young or just without money. Sure, that may be a little excessive, but it is still the overall analysis.
What if just 300 of that 9,300 could have contracted an STD? They can't get tested if there is no funding. Maybe 100 of those aren't with a steady partner, and they spread the disease to another 100, and so on and so forth. That would cause a mass outbreak.
Kudos to the Health and Human Services Department for ensuring the safety of the people you take care of.
By cutting a few million dollars from Planned Parenthood, they will end up funding a few thousand babies that will have to be on Medicaid. Everyone knows that babies aren't cheap.
Come on, Indiana. Analyze thoroughly before acting.
Pro-life or pro-choice, let's not throw thousands under the bus because of just a few who take a route you do not believe in.
Sabrina is a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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