House passes bill that would defund Planned Parenthood
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- It's a controversial debate that Planned Parenthood says is about abortion but will end up being much more than that for Central Texas women.
That's because the U.S. House just passed a bill that would ban any federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Which the organization says means health care for 8,000 McLennan County women is on the line.
That's if a bill is passed in the Senate.
"8,000 women would lose life saving health care like cancer screenings, birth control, HIV testing, STD testing and treatment and annual exams," says Planned Parenthood CEO, Felicia Goodman.
Proponents of the amendment say they know Planned Parenthood doesn't use government funds for abortions, but with no money coming in they would have to shut down, stopping their ability to do the procedure.
However, Planned Parenthood says the issue runs much deeper than that. They say by cutting off their funding, the women of McLennan County who walk through their doors everyday for checkups and other women's health services would be cut off too.
We spoke with Amy Cierra who has been coming to Planned Parenthood for women's health services for 6 years. She says if the bill passes, she's not sure where she will get care.
"I wouldn't be able to afford going to a regular doctor. I wouldn't be able to get any kind of pap smears. I wouldn't be able to get any kind of, when I did take it, birth control. I wouldn't have been able to afford any of it if it wasn't for Planned Parenthood," said Cierra.
While most Pro-Lifers in Waco applaud the house's decision, Planned Parenthood is busy building a contingency plan with other doctors in the area to prepare for the cuts