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ACA Replacement Bill Would Defund Planned Parenthood, San Diego Organization Reacts

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El Centro's Planned Parenthood clinic is in a strip mall on a busy street. The clinic's sign is shown, May 23, 2016.

Replacement Bill Would Defund Planned Parenthood, Local Organization Reacts


Nora Vargas, vice president of community and government relations, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest


The bill introduced by House Republicans on Monday to replace the Affordable Care Act would defund Planned Parenthood by not allowing Medicaid to reimburse services that the organization provides.

Federal funding already does not pay for abortions. The new bill would cut reimbursements for birth control, cancer screenings and other medical procedures at Planned Parenthood clinics.

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest serves San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties.

"Over 200,000 patients in our three regions receive services from Planned Parenthood. Over 70 percent of our funding comes from the federal government. And so women who are in underserved communities and medically-unrepresented populations will be the ones that really are going to be impacted by this," said Nora Vargas, vice president of community and government relations for Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest.

Vargas joins Midday Edition on Thursday to talk about how the changes proposed by House Republicans would impact the organization.


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