Planned Parenthood is one of America's leading providers of high-quality, affordable heath care for both women and men. Last year alone, it provided birth control, vaccinations, lifesaving screening for cancer and HIV, testing and treatment for STDs, miscarriage management, and other vital care to 2.5 million patients across the nation -- including more than fifty thousand Hoosiers at twenty-three health centers in Indiana. These services save lives.
Sixty percent of Planned Parenthood patients access care through Medicaid or other federal assistance programs. If Congress blocks Medicaid patients from seeking care at Planned Parenthood health centers, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that more than a million women will struggle to access preventive healthcare. We can't let that happen. Another 48.5 million women across America benefit from the Affordable Care Act, which supports their access to breast exams, annual checkups, and cancer screenings. When we fight for the ACA, we fight for them.
That's why I support Planned Parenthood. It's why I will oppose any effort to defund it, which would take lifesaving healthcare away from women in our district and across America. Together we can make sure that every woman, in southern Indiana and across America, has access to the care that she needs.