Planned Parenthood cuts could take $7 million from Central Wash
YAKIMA, Wash- About 140,000 women in Washington use Planned Parenthood services. If the proposed budget from the House of Representatives stands, Planned Parenthood would lose all federal funding, about $330 million. About seven million dollars of those cuts would come right from Central and Eastern Washington.
Thursday activists across the state delivered petitions to politicians including Doc Hastings who voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
About 80% of Planned Parenthood clients in Eastern Washington rely on federal funding to pay for things like cervical cancer screenings, birth control and STI testing and treatment.
"For 60 percent of the patients that we serve we are their sole healthcare provider without access to a reproduction healthcare provider like Planned Parenthood, these folks would have nowhere to turn", says Dana Laurent
In Yakima and Kittitas counties, Planned Parenthood is the only provider of reproductive health services to uninsured women.
The cuts to Planned Parenthood are still up for debate, with as many as 41 senators including Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell pledging to block any cuts to the program.