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Statement by David Greenberg, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, on Senate Vote to Reject H. Con. Res. 36, a Proposal to Bar Planned Parenthood from Receiving Federal Funds to Provide Preventive Health Care

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Liz Delapoer
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette
503.775.4931 x3321
liz.delapoer@ppcw.org


Published: 04.14.11| Updated: 04.14.11

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette released the following statement today after the House passed and the Senate rejected H. Con. Res. 36, a proposal that would bar Planned Parenthood from providing preventive health services including birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment, and HIV testing to patients who are covered by Medicaid and other federal programs.
 
“Today, the US Senate listened to millions of American women and voted, 58-42, to reject H. Con. Res. 36, an extreme  proposal to bar Planned Parenthood from providing preventive health service including birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and STD (including HIV) testing  to patients who are covered by Medicaid and other federal  programs.

“Planned Parenthood applauds the members of Congress who stood up for women’s health and voted against this proposal.

“This vote is a major victory for women’s health and the millions of women who go to Planned Parenthood for health care.
 
“Hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country made their voices heard in support of Planned Parenthood and opposed this radical proposal by calling Congress, writing and e-mailing their elected officials, and attending rallies. The grassroots support for Planned Parenthood was widespread and deep. 

“This extreme proposal was rightly rejected by Democrats and Republicans. In addition, members of Congress who support abortion rights, as well as those who oppose abortion rights, voted against this proposal, which would have denied women family planning and would have resulted in an increase in unintended pregnancy. 

“Even though the House Republican leadership insisted on forcing an up or down vote in the House and Senate on this extreme proposal today, all their political maneuvering accomplished was to show that the House leadership is willing to sacrifice women’s health to advance a narrow ideological agenda.

“While we are outraged that the House voted to pass H. Con. Res. 36 by a vote of 241-185, the outcome of that vote was not a surprise.

“Any member of Congress who voted for this extreme proposal just cast a vote against women’s access to lifesaving cancer screenings and birth control.

“More than 90 percent of the health care Planned Parenthood provides — and 100 percent of the care it provides through federal programs — is preventive. We do not want one woman to be diagnosed with advanced cancer that our health centers could have detected early through screening, and we’re appalled that a fringe element of Congress would continue to put its narrow political agenda ahead of women’s health and safety.

“Thankfully, the Senate has made clear this extreme proposal is unacceptable and rejected it.”

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Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) is the largest non-profit family planning and reproductive rights organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 1963, PPCW has successfully carried out its mission of providing, promoting and protecting access to quality reproductive and sexual health care. Each year, more than 60,000 women, men and teens visit one of PPCW’s eleven health centers. PPCW provides a wide range of education programs and health care services, including low-cost contraceptives, emergency contraception, annual gynecological check-ups, breast exams, cervical cancer detection and treatment, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, and pregnancy testing and options information. Less than five percent of PPCW’s services are for early abortion care. For more information, visit www.ppcw.org

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