Planned Parenthood gears up for defunding fight with GOP
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County and other facilities across the country say they are gearing up for a fight against a Republican-controlled Congress and White House that is poised to defund the organization.
President and CEO JoAnn Smith told News 12 Long Island that the first patients who would be affected by a defunding would be Medicaid recipients, which make up about 40 percent of the patients at Planned Parenthood of Nassau County.
"I'm talking about Pap tests, IUDs, other forms of birth control, breast cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, well-woman exams, even prenatal care that we provide here. Nothing to do with abortions, by the way," says Smith.
Alfred Vetter, of Floral Park, isn't convinced though. He spends two days a week walking with a protest sign outside the organization's Hempstead office.
"I just can't believe that the American people are paying money to kill babies. It's just beyond my comprehension," he told News 12.
Planned Parenthood insists no federal funding pays for abortions, and that anyone who believes otherwise is misinformed and misguided.
Rep. Peter King (R - Seaford) says he supports stripping funding from Planned Parenthood and won't be convinced otherwise.
"Money is interchangeable. Whatever money they get through the federal government they can use for one purpose and then reallocate the money for performing abortions," he told News 12.