Twenty-four percent of lesbians and bisexual women are poor, compared to only 19% of heterosexual women; 8% of lesbian couples live below the poverty line. Lesbians and bisexual women face significant threats to their health compared to heterosexual women, including higher rates of all cancers and heart disease.
Young lesbians are 2 to 10 times more likely to become pregnant than heterosexual youth. Lesbians and bisexual women are also at high risk of sexual assault, which may result in unplanned pregnancies.
The elimination or reduction of Planned Parenthood funding would have serious consequences for the health of low-income lesbians and bisexual women, as would cuts in funding for the Center’s Audre Lorde Health Program for lesbians and bisexual women.