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***For Immediate Release***

April 14th, 2011 (DES MOINES, IA)

Statement by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland CEO and President, Jill June, on Senate vote to reject H. Con. Res. 36, a proposal to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds to provide preventive health care:

“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 services including birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and STI and 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.”

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

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


Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has served women and men of all ages in the Heartland since the 1930s. Today the agency offers a full range of quality reproductive health care services to residents in Nebraska, ninety-two Iowa counties and three counties in Illinois through twenty-four medical centers and Education and Resource Centers located in Des Moines, Lincoln and Omaha


Planned Parenthood of the Heartland


Shelby Cloke - Public Relations Manager
(515) 235-0413 or (515)249-6084

[email protected]


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