The recent effort by congressional Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood has been denounced as in effect a divestment from funding women’s basic health care — a loss that couldn’t be fully absorbed by other health centers.
Critics have warned that other clinics are too few and simply don’t offer the quantity or array of family planning, gynecological, testing, and referral services provided by Planned Parenthood.
The map pinpoints the 665 Planned Parenthood locations and health-care clinics in the United States, compared side-by-side with the 13,540 clinics clustered across the country that are currently offering comprehensive women’s health care, according to the two groups’ data.
The renewed push to defund Planned Parenthood and consider alternative care providers began when the pro-life Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos showing top Planned Parenthood officials discussing prices and uses for fetal parts and methods for altering abortion procedures in order to preserve the parts. The videos raised legal questions about the organization’s operation, and a federal investigation and several state investigations have been launched following their release.
— Celina Durgin is a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review.