Valley's Planned Parenthood expecting federal budget cuts
Sat, 09 Apr 2011 00:16:55 GMT —
The federal government shutdown is partially halted due to debates targeting Planned Parenthood and abortions.
Republican and Democrats simply can TMt agree leaving the operation of the government in limbo.
This is completely politically motivated maneuver it has nothing to do with saving dollars" said Planned Parenthood Vice President of Public Affairs Yvonne Gutierrez.
Gutierrez served all out South Texas including the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio.
She told Action 4 News she cannot belief politicians are fighting over whether to fund an organizations that provides vital services to communities in need.
She said if Republicans get their way, thousands of jobs will be lost, and affordable healthcare for those who depend on it will be eliminated.
The fact that something so strong as our entire federal government being shut down on whether or not a woman is able to go into a planned parenthood clinic and get her pap smear is almost ridiculious" said Gutierrez
Facilities in Cameron County service anywhere from 6,000 to 8,000 women and men in preventive health care, but not abortion services.
However, in Hidalgo and Willacy County, that number rises to 23 thousand patients.
Gutierrez stressed while abortion services are offered, it TMs paid for by individual not by federal funding.
"All of these clinics provide preventive care to prevent unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and for women to get their annual exams they're pap tests their clinical breast exams to get screening for cervical cancer.
With the highest mortality rate of cervical cancer in Hispanic women, Gutierrez adds early detention for some may not come in time.
She said taking away the service would be an injustice.
California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer agrees.
"This is a serious moment and to think that this government could shut down because there is a group of people over in the house, Republicans, who are so extreme that they would stop women's health programs, is extraordinary."