National Review Op-Ed: Yes, Community Health Centers Are a Better Alternative for Women than Planned Parenthood

By Chuck Donovan, President, Charlotte Lozier Institute

It has becoming increasingly clear in recent days that America’s abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, is desperate to obscure its emphasis on abortion and preserve unfettered access to state and federal tax dollars. Midday on Wednesday, picking up on an article that appeared at a website called Splinter, Planned Parenthood tweeted a map of Maine produced by my organization, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI). The map showed exactly how many federally qualified health clinics (FQHCs) and rural health clinics existed in the Pine Tree State in 2015. Our count showed a total of 172, compared with only four Planned Parenthood clinics.

The problem, Splinter asserted and Planned Parenthood echoed, is that these 172 service sites included such things as homeless shelters and dental clinics. Well, a fair point, so far as it goes. But the article and the tweets cite data that are out of date and, moreover, miss the Maine forest for the trees. CLI’s initial state maps for 2015, the second-to-last year of the Obama administration, were created to show what we described in our infographics as “better health care alternatives” for women. If you are homeless, or a woman who wants dental care, these federally supported alternatives do matter…

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