A California woman claimed that the Republican de-funding of Planned Parenthood would force her to travel to Mexico to see a gynecologist.
Ariana Gonzalez, a mother of two and regular visitor to her local Planned Parenthood, believes that once the Republican Obamacare repeal passes and de-funds Planned Parenthood, her local clinic will shut down permanently.
The problem is that “Trumpcare,” as Ariana calls it, would probably run her health clinic out of town. It’s Planned Parenthood, which the Republican health care proposal defunds because it performs abortions.
The Gonzalezes live in the Imperial Valley, an agricultural area two hours east of San Diego, with a severe doctor shortage. On average in California, there’s one primary care physician for every 1,341 people. In the Imperial Valley, there’s one physician for every 4,170 people, according to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
. . . . Ariana, 23, knows what life would be like without Planned Parenthood in her town because she’s lived it.
Before Planned Parenthood opened in the Imperial Valley two years ago, she became pregnant when she didn’t want to, and then later she couldn’t get pregnant when she did want to.
. .. . Without easy access to birth control, Ariana became pregnant at 15.
. . . . Ariana has a message for senators as they contemplate whether to pass the law, also known as the American Health Care Act.
“If (Planned Parenthood’s) doors are shut, you’ll be driving your own constituents to an entirely different country in search of health care, and that’s not America,” she said. “I don’t think that’s who we are as a country.”
Ariana kept her baby because her “maternal instinct kicked in,” but she apparently doesn’t equate that joy with the absence of a Planned Parenthood in her neighborhood.