The impact on the
She said about 40 percent of the 3,700 patients each year in
"It's very wrongheaded to think that telling women they can't get their health care at
Similar federal cuts in 2011 led to the closure of six Planned Parenthoods in
Stoesz said it's too early to say whether
"I'm not saying we would close the clinic -- I don't know what we'd do -- I'm saying people who come there wouldn't be able to," she said.
For reproductive rights advocates, the cuts feel like a systematic attack on women's health, said
Especially in rural areas where care options are more scarce, the cuts could have a particularly negative impact, Harrison said.
"Often in rural communities there is not an elsewhere where women can go with the options available that
Opponents of abortion see it differently. For them, happenings in
"I think the money can be channeled to organizations that do provide services that are truly providing women's health care," she said, adding abortions shouldn't be considered health care.
"I really feel that for those us in the faith community who have been advocating for this our entire lives ... it feels like an answer to a prayer," she said.
Flanagan said she and many other anti-abortion advocates based their
"This is on a lot of people's hearts and minds," she said. "All of us voted the way we did for this issue."
Despite differing views, Flanagan said she'd feel for anyone at
"I'm not hoping that people don't have income," she said. "I just stand for life and believe abortions are not good for women."
Harrison said removing abortions from a woman's continuum of care would be even worse for women.
"If they didn't have access to the safe termination of pregnancy, then really dangerous options become their only outlet," she said.
Stoesz said it's hard not to feel singled out by the proposed health plan. She reiterated that
The positive in all of this, she said, is support for the nonprofit spikes after each new federal threat. Even locally,
Harrison said the recently proposed cuts should be a reminder that advocates can't wait to have their reproductive rights protected by their legislators.
"We need to continue to reach out and make this is a widespread coalition against these attacks," she said. "If anything, the election should tell us we can't sit back and wait to be protected."
(c)2017 The Free Press (Mankato, Minn.)
Visit The Free Press (Mankato, Minn.) at www.mankatofreepress.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.