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Statement by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on Ongoing Budget Negotiations

"Reasonable people could have agreed on funding the government weeks ago, but a small group of extremists has been allowed to hold the government hostage to their narrow political agenda — one that has no place in the budget process.

"It is truly unacceptable that a small group with an extreme political agenda is forcing a shutdown of the United States government over a dangerous proposal that would bar women from getting the lifesaving health care they need — breast exams, Pap tests, HIV tests and more. The American people expect their leaders to fix the economy and solve real problems, not shut down the government. 

"These extreme riders have nothing to do with the budget, would not do a thing to reduce the deficit and won't save the government a dime. Even conservatives like Senator Tom Coburn are on the record saying that we need to put riders aside and reach an agreement. It is time to govern, and stop playing political games with women’s health."

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Published: 04.07.11

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