Cutting off Planned Parenthood could increase ER visits

A move by Texas lawmakers to avoid using Planned Parenthood for healthcare delivery could lead to a deterioration of women's health and potentially drive more of them toward hospital emergency rooms to seek care, concluded a study by George Washington University, reported The Texas Tribune.

Texas plans to exclude Planned Parenthood on Nov. 1, and it will have to give up federal funding to do so. "While other clinics may be able to care for some of the displaced patients if Planned Parenthood is excluded, there is no evidence that they are prepared to sustain the very large caseload increases that would be required to fill the gaps left after Planned Parenthood clinics are excluded," the Tribune reported, the study states. Article

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