Washington, DC – Once again extremists in Congress are attempting to deny millions of women access to vital affordable reproductive health care services. Lacking a factual basis for their bid to close down some 700 family planning clinics, they have resorted to just making stuff up. Planned Parenthood and other Title X-funded clinics provide excellent, compassionate and non-judgmental medical care to millions of women, men and teens each year. The fraudulent campaign to discredit Planned Parenthood and block women from essential care must be stopped.
Specifically, it is outrageous to halt funding for Planned Parenthood clinics for one year until phony “investigations” by House members opposed to women’s reproductive rights are completed, as H.R. 3134 would do. Transferring those funds to other clinics will not effectively reproduce the effective and responsibly-managed health care services that Planned Parenthood provides. Not even close.
Further, NOW opposes H.R. 3504, a thinly-veiled attempt both to shame women about their abortions and threaten their providers with criminal sanctions.
One in three women will have an abortion by the age of 45, making this procedure a common and necessary aspect of women’s reproductive health care. We reject extremist attempts to shame women who have terminated pregnancies. And we will never go back.