an estimated 75 percent higher. From a purely financial perspective, preventing unplanned pregnancy should be a priority for a party that touts fiscal responsibility as a goal. It may also be seen as a moral issue to some.
“If we talk about the scope of teen pregnancies, every minute a child is born to a teen mother,” said Colorado State Rep. Dom Coram. “It’s a great cost to our society, not only for the young people whose lives have been changed, but for their children’s lives. Basically, it is a sentence to poverty.”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump even weighed in. “Millions of millions of women–cervical cancer, breast cancer–are helped by Planned Parenthood,” Trump acknowledged during a GOP debate in Houston earlier this year. “I would defund it because I’m pro-life, but millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.”
Other Republicans have taken note that in states that have closed Planned Parenthoods, rates of sexually transmitted disease have surged. After Indiana closed five Planned Parenthoods in 2013, the state experienced an HIV outbreak that Governor Mike Pence called “an epidemic.” Planned Parenthood was the only HIV testing center in Scott County, the center of the outbreak. The Planned Parenthood clinic did not offer abortions.
In Louisiana, when GOP lawmakers targeted its two Planned Parenthoods amid a syphilis outbreak, other health care providers warned that the clinics’ patient load could not be absorbed elsewhere in the system.
“You can’t just cut Planned Parenthood off one day and expect everyone across the city to absorb the patients,” said Dr. Stephanie Taylor, a provider at CrescentCare Health and Wellness Center. “There needs to be time to build the capacity.”
Meanwhile, in states like Colorado, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, named for billionaire Warren Buffett’s first wife, funded a multi-year initiative to provide low-income
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