Planned Parenthood supporters speak out against defunding
Published March 16th, 2017
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --The nonprofit has been a controversial topic for 100 years, but staff and advocates say stakes are higher than ever in 2017.
A recent bill is aiming to cut ties with using Medicare at Planned Parenthood.
Supporters say, if passed, the bill could be detrimental to many of it’s patients’ health.
They say their biggest fight is telling others medicare isn’t used for abortions.
“I personally paid for my abortion out of pocket,” said former patient and volunteer Christina Destefano.
Christina Destefano was a Planned Parenthood patient throughout her 20’s.
“There is a very human side to planned parenthood, and I am one of those human sides to it,” Destefano said.
She first went to the nonprofit when she became pregnant in college, but continued to use their services for years after.
“Because of the financial situation i was in, i received all of my birth control from them, all of my pap smears, all of my cervical cancer screenings, everything,” Destefano said.
The bill is still in the early stages. If it passes, it would defund any Planned Parenthood that offers abortions for one year.
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