When politicians speak of “defunding” Planned Parenthood it sounds as if that particular organization gets special funds up front from the government. Not true. The “funds” that PP receives are payment for services provided and then billed to Medicaid, just as any provider would bill and get paid for, say, treatment for the flu or high blood pressure. The services Planned Parenthood have and continue to offer to clients in Baton Rouge for the last 25 years are cancer screenings, birth control, HIV and other sexually transmitted infection testing. In this case this one particular healthcare organization, Planned Parenthood, is singled out to not be able to bill Medicaid for these services. In Baton Rouge this means that the majority of the approximately 8,000 plus visits every year would not be covered. Would this be good for our community?

Women make up over half the population of the U.S. Attacking their ability to access quality, affordable health care they need defies common sense. We must rise above ideological politics and preserve access to Planned Parenthood health centers for the 10,000 patients who come through their doors every year. I urge you to contact U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (or your representative) and U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy and ask them to oppose these attacks on care.

Dr. Holley Galland


Baton Rouge