“Catholic”, Methodist, Presbyterian and United Church of Christ Groups Tell Senate to Fund Planned Parenthood

“Catholic”, Methodist, Presbyterian and United Church of Christ Groups Tell Senate to Fund Planned Parenthood

[The “Catholic” group is NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice; the African Methodist Episcopal Church group should realize that Planned Parenthood is helping (as its founder Margaret Sanger wished) to exterminate African-Americans, whose percentage of abortions  far exceeds their precentage of the general population (35-40%:12-13%)]

More than a dozen religious groups joined national organizations this week in opposing a U.S. Senate bill to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Claiming the legislation would be “devastating” to millions of Americans, the groups sent a lengthy letter outlining their opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill. The legislation would repeal parts of Obamacare and defund the top abortion business in the nation.

Approximately 200 groups signed the letter, delivered Monday, including religious groups that identify as Presbyterian, Methodist, Catholic, United Church of Christ, Jewish and African Episcopal Methodist, according to the Atlanta Daily World.

“This proposal will eliminate affordable quality health care for millions of Americans by gutting the Affordable Care Act … and [defunding] Planned Parenthood health centers,” they wrote in the letter. “Graham-Cassidy would leave tens of millions of people in the United States significantly worse off than under current law.”

They continued:

“In addition, Graham-Cassidy would single out Planned Parenthood by blocking federal Medicaid funds for care at its health centers. The “defunding” of Planned Parenthood would prevent more than half of its patients from getting affordable preventive care, including birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and well-women exams at Planned Parenthood health centers, often the only care option in their area. This loss of funds will have a disproportionate effect on low income families and people of color who make up 40 percent of Planned Parenthood patients. Seventy-five percent of Planned Parenthood patients are at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level and half of their health centers are in rural or underserved areas. One in five women in the United States have relied on Planned Parenthood for healthcare in her lifetime.”

The religious groups that signed the letter include: American Atheists, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish Women International, National Council of Churches, National Council of Jewish Women, Presbyterian Church (USA) member, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Presbyterian Feminist Agenda Network, Presbyterians Affirming Reproductive Options, The United Methodist Church — General Board of Church and Society, Union for Reform Judaism, United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries, and Women’s Missionary Society African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Nowhere in the letter did they mention abortion – Planned Parenthood’s money-maker. Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood leaders refused an offer to receive an increase in taxpayer funding if they stopped doing abortions. CEO Cecile Richards called the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortions – not women’s health care – are what really are important to Planned Parenthood.

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