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41 Senators Support Women’s Health and Planned Parenthood

In a letter, led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 41 Senators expressed strong opposition to extreme proposals by House Republicans that would undermine women’s health and eliminate funding for women’s health programs and bar Planned Parenthood from providing health services, including preventive health care, lifesaving cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control, HIV testing, and testing and treatment for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through federal health programs and the devastating impact this proposal would have on women’s health care.

The letter is signed by a broad cross-section of senators, including those who are budget hawks, and represents the wide breadth of support for women’s health.

Under separate cover, Republican Senators have also expressed opposition to these extreme proposals. Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Olympia Snowe have publicly stated their support for the preventive health care that Planned Parenthood provides. And Senator Scott Brown and Senator Susan Collins have highlighted the importance of family planning and women’s health programs. 

The full text of the letter to Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell reads: 

“During this economic downturn, many women and families are struggling to make ends meet, and are relying on women’s health and family planning centers for access to essential health care services such as breast exams, other cancer and disease screenings, contraception and more. 

“We write to you today to affirm our strong support for making women’s health and family planning services affordable and available, and ask that you stand with us against extreme proposals by some Members of the House to eliminate support for women’s health and family planning programs and providers that serve millions of women and families.

“We know the Title X family planning program serves nearly five million low-income women and men at more than 4,500 health centers each year.  Many of these people rely on Title X funded health care providers as their primary source of health care.  Yet, the House-passed Continuing Resolution would eliminate all funding for Title X and leave millions of Americans at risk. 

“We also oppose the provision in the House-passed Continuing Resolution that cuts Planned Parenthood health centers off from federal funds used to provide cancer screenings, birth control and other preventive health care services to three million Americans every year.

“Without access to these services, many of these women will be unable to get preventive screenings, be at far greater risk for diseases such as cancer and will face more unintended pregnancies. 

“Protecting women’s health is a goal we can all agree on.  We urge you to stand with us against extreme proposals by some Members of the House that would harm women and their families.”

See the letter HERE.

The letter is signed by the following Senators:

Senator Daniel Akaka
Senator Max Baucus
Senator Mark Begich
Senator Michael Bennet
Senator Jeff Bingaman
Senator Richard Blumenthal
Senator Sherrod Brown
Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Maria Cantwell
Senator Ben Cardin
Senator Chris Coons
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Al Franken
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Kay Hagan
Senator Tim Johnson
Senator John Kerry
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Senator Herb Kohl
Senator Mary Landrieu
Senator Frank Lautenberg
Senator Patrick Leahy
Senator Carl Levin
Senator Joe Lieberman
Senator Claire McCaskill
Senator Robert Menendez
Senator Jeffrey Merkley
Senator Barbara Mikulski
Senator Patty Murray
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Jack Reed
Senator Bernie Sanders
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Senator Jon Tester
Senator Mark Udall
Senator Tom Udall
Senator Mark Warner
Senator Jim Webb
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Senator Ron Wyden

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Published: 04.04.11

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