Coffman Wants to Stop 2,200 Women from Going to the Planned Parenthood Clinic in his District

Depending on how you count, Rep. Mike Coffman has now voted six or seven times to strip funding from Planned Parenthood.

So you wonder, what does Coffman have to say to the 2,200 women who would no longer be able to go to the Aurora Planned Parenthood clinic if it loses federal money? Where would they go?

We don't know, because he hasn't provided any details on this, and his office won't return my calls.

But you hope Coffman has thought about it, because the Aurora clinic currently offers these 2,200 women basic healthcare services like HIV and STD tests, birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings and more, according to Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado spokeswoman Cathy Alderman.

And that's just the Aurora clinic, located in the womb of Coffman's own district.

Across Colorado, if the Aurora Republican has his way, about 80,000 women, men, and young people would lose access to Planned Parenthood health services they rely on if federal funding were lost, says Planned Parenthood in a news release yesterday.

"In his first vote of the year, Rep. Coffman voted to roll back care for millions of patients in this country who rely on compassionate care at Planned Parenthood's health centers," said Sarah Taylor-Nanista, PPVC Vice President of Public Affairs in a statement, referring to Coffman's latest vote for a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, which was vetoed by Obama today. "We need our elected officials to put the health and well being of their constituents first, not sideline good policy for the sake of politics."

Maybe Coffman has another option in mind for these low-income women on Medicaid and a federal cancer-screening program? Maybe some of them could find an alternative to Planned Parenthood? But all of them? And where? How far would they have to travel?

In any case, what's Coffman's plan for these women in his district? What does he have to offer them? Or would he prefer to cover up the fact that they exist? Or does he just figure Obama will veto any bill that defunds Planned Parenthood, so Coffman doesn't have to worry about real-life alternatives?

And will Coffman run his plans, if he has any, by the 2,200 women who now attend the Aurora Planned Parenthood clinic to see how they feel about it?

Coffman won't tell me. But maybe he'll take a call from another reporter.