by Max Brantley
With less than a week until Governor Hutchinson’s illegal order that will block Planned Parenthood from the state Medicaid program, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland patients, supporters, and allies will gather at the state capitol on FRIDAY at 12PM CT to deliver petitions calling on the Governor to put politics aside and protect women’s access to care at Planned Parenthood.
This political grandstanding by Governor Hutchinson and his allies could have real and devastating consequences for the nearly 1,000 Planned Parenthood patients who access health care through Arkansas’s Medicaid programs. Arkansans who rely on Planned Parenthood for birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests and other lifesaving care. The politicians behind these reckless policies have allied themselves with extremists who will stop at nothing to end access to abortion – breaking laws, pushing misinformation, and violence and harassment of women and doctors.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has warned officials in other states that it is against the law to bar women from accessing care at Planned Parenthood because the organization provides safe, legal abortion. Similar laws have consistently been struck down.