Statement by Ruth-Ellen Blodgett 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 Mid-Hudson Valley released the following statement today after the House passed and the Senate rejected H. Con. Res. 36, a proposal that would bar Planned Parenthood 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 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 from providing preventive health service including birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and STI (including HIV) testing to patients who are covered by Medicaid and other federal programs.
"Planned Parenthood applauds the members of Congress, especially Senators Schumer and Gillibrand who stood up for women's health and voted against this proposal.
"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.
"This extreme proposal was rightly rejected by Democrats and Republicans. Even though the House Republican leadership insisted on forcing an up or down vote in the House and Senate on this extreme proposal today, all their political maneuvering accomplished was to show that the House leadership is willing to sacrifice women's health to advance a narrow ideological agenda. Any member of Congress who voted for this extreme proposal just cast a vote against women's access to lifesaving cancer screenings and birth control."
One hundred percent of the care Planned Parenthood 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, and we're appalled that a fringe element of Congress would continue to put its narrow political agenda ahead of women's health and safety.
"Thankfully, the Senate has made clear this extreme proposal is unacceptable and rejected it."
Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual; advocates public policies which guarantee these rights and ensures access to such services and provides educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality.
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April 15, 2011