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WASHINGTON – As part of the debate on a continuing resolution to fund the government, the House today passed a misguided amendment that would eliminate all federal funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In so doing, members of Congress voted to deny millions of men and women essential reproductive health care services
The following can be attributed to Vania Leveille, American Civil Liberties Union Senior Legislative Counsel:
“Rep. Pence’s amendment is yet another example of the current assault on women’s health on Capitol Hill. Defunding Planned Parenthood jeopardizes women’s health, and the burden of this lost funding would fall most heavily on vulnerable populations. Planned Parenthood provides a range of family planning services to women and men who would otherwise be unable to afford them and the government should support rather than take away access to this critical care.
“Rep. Pence’s amendment is deeply misguided and its adoption endangers women’s access to safe, reliable family planning services and reproductive health care. Should this amendment make it to the Senate, we hope cooler heads will prevail.”