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Ladies and Gentlemen of the San Juan Islander:

Please consider sharing this article with your readers:
http://www.vox.com/identities/2017/3/17/14942772/planned-parenthood-defund-tom-price-dana-bash-counties-list

I was surprised to learn there are 105 counties across the country and 7 in our state that have such limited access to the resources for reproductive health.

Thank you for your serious consideration of my request.

Please consider including this link along with the article https://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/who-we-are/planned-parenthood-at-a-glance

Sincere regards,
Bill Ballard
[email protected]

The article is also below (I included only the Washington State counties):

In these 105 counties, Planned Parenthood is the only full-service birth control clinic
HHS Secretary Tom Price wanted to see a list of counties where Planned Parenthood is the only option for women who need subsidized birth control. Here’s that list.

Updated by Emily [email protected]@vox.com Mar 17, 2017, 5:22pm EDT

During a CNN Health Care Town Hall on Wednesday, co-host Dana Bash asked Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price about what would happen to the women who rely on Planned Parenthood for health care if the organization were to be defunded.

Specifically, she asked about those who live in the 105 counties where Planned Parenthood is the only clinic that offers women the full range of contraceptive services.

“Well, I’d be interested in the list you have,” Price replied.

The list, it turns out, comes from data compiled by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, which did extensive research on so-called contraceptive deserts — areas where women in need have relatively limited access to publicly funded clinics that offer birth control. (Here’s a map of these areas, broken down by county.)

Their research found that 3.1 million US women who need publicly funded contraception live in counties with zero publicly funded clinics that offer the full range of contraceptive methods, including longer-acting methods like IUDs that are the most effective at preventing pregnancy.

The National Campaign shared with Vox the full list of 105 counties where Planned Parenthood is the only full-service reproductive health clinic:

Washington:

Chelan County
Clallam County
Kittitas County
Okanogan County
San Juan County
Skagit County
Whitman County