Does The Planned Parenthood Funding Debate Impact Your Family?

For what seems like years now the debate on funding for planned parenthood services has raged in Washington. Much of the controversy has centered around whether funding to the program will be cut or eliminated. Even if you do not use the services of planned parenthood, there is a chance that the issue may impact your family’s life. From classes on parenting, to education for younger couples on safe practices, there is likely an issue that planned parenthood and similar agencies provide to families across the country. So, it is important to fully understand what would happen if the program were defunded.

The news is full of reports on the initiative to defund planned parenthood, and this can make it difficult to know where to turn for reliable information. The New York Times presents the following points, in an easy to understand format:

  • Planned Parenthood is part of a much larger group of family planning and health centers that receive federal aid under a law implemented by President Richard Nixon in 1970.
  • Just over 4 million patients receive the benefits of the funding that goes not only to Planned Parenthood, but also to other agencies under the umbrella of services covered by the law.
  • Eliminating funding under this law would mean that patients who rely on Medicaid would find themselves without a facility to turn to for help.

What all this might mean to you depends on your circumstances. In a family law setting this could leave many couples unable to effectively plan for how and when to start a family, which could lead to questions about paternity and adoption. Establishing paternity is an important job because along with the determination of parentage comes certain rights and responsibilities. Among those responsibilities is the duty to pay child support, and among the rights is the ability to exercise visitation. Our team of knowledgeable family law attorneys has experience in these areas and can help you reach results that meet the needs of your family. We can also help you determine what type of parenting plan meets your needs, or help you to enforce orders that already exist.

For more information about adoption and paternity issues, call us today. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call The Sampair Group in Phoenix and the West Valley today to schedule your appointment.