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3/17/2017 7:29:00 AM
'Follow Congressman Duffy's actions'

To the Editor:

Two friends and I shared our personal concerns in Wausau on Feb. 23 over the possible repeal of the ACA and/or defunding of Planned Parenthood with Maggie Cronin, district scheduler for Congressman Duffy.

Mine concerned my grandmother's death from an illegal abortion at only 23, leaving my Grandpa to raise three children under six plus his two little sisters on the failing family farm. Ginny's brother, who is alive today with a kidney transplant and very costly anti-rejection medication, will be uninsurable if the ACA act and its guarantee of no rejection from pre-existing condition is repealed. Mary's friend, who railed against ACA and Obama, has survived pancreatic cancer surgeries and follow up treatments and is now back at work, saving for retirement rather than being on disability and facing possible bankruptcy if rejection for pre-existing conditions is repealed.

My goal was for Congressman Duffy to understand that poor rural families in the 7th CD, like my grandparents, could well find themselves contemplating something they vowed they would never do if the ACA is repealed and Planned Parenthood is defunded.

It has always been against the law for either the ACA and Planned Parenthood to use tax dollars for abortion. To say otherwise is simply untrue. Both are the only programs that poor families can access for a variety of preventive reproductive health services from all medically approved forms of birth control to HIV and STD testing to breast exams, pelvic exams, pap smears to UTI testing and treatment for both men and women.

Hear birth control and most people think the pill without realizing its failure rate of 9 percent could leave 10 out of 100 poor families facing possible desperation after all. LARC is a proven answer.

In 2009 Colorado obtained LARC funding (Long Acting Reversible Contraception) for its second poorest county with few jobs and high poverty levels. According to Colorado Public Health Department records, abortion rates fell by 42 percent, WIC enrollment decreased by 26 percent, and $80 million saved from Medicaid birth related expenses. In addition to avoiding human desperation, LARC allowed extra dollars from the General Fund to then be used for job creation and training without cutting funds from some other program!

We each asked Maggie to urge Congressman Duffy's support for both ACA and Planned Parenthood Title X Block Grant Funding in their current forms. Likewise, we urged the Congressman to fight for additional funding earmarked for LARC promotion.

Let's follow Congressman Duffy's actions and mark our calendars for the next In District Work Period from April 10-21.

Kay Hoff

Lac du Flambeau

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