Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Partisan Efforts To Defund Health Services For Women

“Republican senators again are attacking women’s health with a renewed effort to eliminate health centers that thousands of Vermonters rely on every day.   Across the country, millions of low-income women depend on Planned Parenthood health centers for lifesaving preventive treatments and care including annual exams, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and HIV screenings and counseling.  These clinics are the primary source of health services for many women.  Eliminating federal funding to Planned Parenthood Centers will deny women access to these critical services and will force women to find medical care elsewhere or, more devastatingly, to simply go without. 

“The partisan bill introduced yesterday in the Senate is just the latest attempt to score political points.  This is bumper-sticker politics at its worst.  Needlessly jeopardizing the health care of millions of Americans who depend on these preventive care services in a bid to rally their base is as irresponsible as it is offensive.” 

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