St. Paul, MN -- Last night, the Trump administration unveiled an overview of its Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, revealing sharp cuts and draconian changes to essential programs, such as Medicaid, SNAP, TANF and more, that women disproportionately rely on -- and for the first time in history singling out an individual health care provider -- Planned Parenthood -- by prohibiting it from participating in any program funded through Congress’s annual Labor-HHS bill.

As the budget itself notes, never has a President’s budget made such extreme and callous cuts to programs that so many people in the United States rely on. Remarkably, as a candidate, President Trump promised “there will be no cuts” to Medicaid - a promise he has broken in spectacular fashion, proposing to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the Medicaid program, which will result in millions of people losing insurance coverage. More than 70 million Americans, including women, mothers, children and seniors, depend on Medicaid for their health coverage.

Quote from Sarah Stoesz, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota: “This is the worst budget for women and women’s health in a generation. It singles out Planned Parenthood, guts programs designed to help women and their families put food on the table, get the medical care they need, and make ends meet. From day one, women’s health has been under attack by this administration. If passed, this budget would undo decades of progress for women when it comes to their ability to access health care, to pursue their career and education goals, and to lead safe, productive lives.”

The budget includes unprecedented cuts to federal programs that disproportionately serve women and their families, with steep cuts to the Medicaid program -- which covers half of all births in the U.S. and which one in five women of reproductive age relies on for health care -- and reductions to the SNAP and TANF programs, which help women and families with low incomes put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. It also slashes billions from essential programs and would make it harder for women and their families to access the health care they need.

The budget summary also, for the first time in history, singles out Planned Parenthood on page one, stating:

"The Budget also follows through on a campaign promise and prohibits any funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood. This prohibition applies to all funds in the bill, including Medicaid."

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For 90 years, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has worked in our region to make sure all people have the information and the means to make free and responsible decisions about whether and when to have children.  Planned Parenthood operates 19 clinics and an Online Health Center, providing quality and affordable family planning, reproductive health care services and education to nearly 66,000  women and men each year.

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