LITTLE ROCK, AR — SB818, the bill aimed at eliminating Planned Parenthood prevention programs in Arkansas, was defeated by the House Public Health Committee today.
The bill would have eliminated two grants for Planned Parenthood HIV and Syphilis prevention and outreach programs for young people in Arkansas. Additionally this bill could have prohibited public funds through the state for not only doctors who provide abortion, but anyone that refers for abortion, or contracts with an entity which does.
Statement from Jill June, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
“Lawmakers who voted against this far reaching bill stood up for the young people in Arkansas who rely on Planned Parenthood for life saving prevention programs every year. Our HIV and STI prevention programs provide medically accurate, age-appropriate information to more than 2,000 women, men, and teens every year. Politics should never be put ahead or their health and well being. We are proud the Public Health Committee did the right thing today.
“Planned Parenthood has been a trusted provider in Arkansas for more than 40 years. We have been providing the same core preventive health services and education in Arkansas communities for decades. Our work hasn’t changed, but the politics in Little Rock have. We will continue to be there for women, men and families who count on us – no matter what.”