April 3, 2018 (Lincoln, NE) – Today, Governor Ricketts’ proposed budget, which is intended to prevent Title X patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood, advanced through final reading in the Legislature. Planned Parenthood’s two Nebraska health centers, located in Omaha and Lincoln, serve 8,000 people through Title X each year, which is nearly one-third of all Title X patients in the state. Medical experts have already stated unequivocally that they cannot absorb Planned Parenthood’s patients. Without Planned Parenthood, many could be forced to go without basic health care – including birth control and reproductive cancer screenings.
Meg Mikolajczyk, PPHeartland associate general counsel and sr. public affairs manager:
"Regardless of whether the new Title X rules go into effect July 1 or not, this fight is not over. We will keep fighting for our patients, and we are exploring all options. Our doors will remain open, and we will continue to offer all of our services. We will work with each patient individually to ensure they receive the care they need.
"Whether the governor likes it or not, Planned Parenthood is the leading provider of family planning care. Women know us, women trust us, and there is no substitute for the expert level of care we provide. There is no legitimate reason that our 8,000 patients should have to try to go somewhere else, especially when there really isn’t anywhere else for them to go. The actions of the Ricketts/Foley administration are a disgrace to our state, and we call on the people of Nebraska to hold them accountable.
"No one should be forced to choose between affording birth control or putting food on the table – but that could be the new reality for many low-income women. Governor Ricketts is trying to cut off access to family planning services – birth control, STD testing, and cancer screenings – for Nebraskans already struggling to get by."