Statement by Stacy James, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood of Montana on Senate Vote to Reject H. Con. Res. 36, a Proposal to Bar Planned Parenthood from Receiving Federal Funds to Provide Preventive Health Care:
Planned Parenthood of Montana released the following statement today after the House passed and the Senate rejected H. Con. Res. 36, a proposal that would bar Planned Parenthood clinics from providing preventive health services including birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment, and HIV testing to patients who are covered by Medicaid, Title X Family Planning, 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 patients from receiving preventive health services including birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and STI (including HIV) testing from clinics that participate in Medicaid and other federal programs.
“While Representative Rehberg showed that he continues to be out-of-touch with working Montanans, Senators Tester and Baucus stood up for women’s health and voted against this extreme proposal.”
“This vote is a major victory for women’s health. Thousands of Montanans across the state 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.
“Any member of Congress, including Dennis Rehberg, 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 of Montana 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. We’re appalled that a fringe element of Congress would try to put its narrow political agenda ahead of women’s health and safety.”