Opposing Cuts to Planned Parenthoodby Representative Barbara Lee
Posted on 2016-01-06
LEE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Ms. LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 3762,
the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015.
It really does just the opposite.
Not only does this bill represent Republicans' 62nd attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but it is yet another ideological attack on women's health care. It would defund Planned Parenthood for 1 year, preventing millions of women from accessing critical healthcare services, such as cancer and STI screenings and contraceptive care.
In 2013 alone, Planned Parenthood provided healthcare services to more than 800,000 Californians and provided more than 93,000 pap tests and 97,000 breast screening exams.
Although Planned Parenthood centers make up only 10 percent of all publicly funded family planning centers, they serve, mind you, 36 percent of clients who obtain care from the family planning center network.
Denying access to healthcare providers such as Planned Parenthood will harm the communities that need these services the most, including low-income women and women of color.
Enough is enough. Mr. Speaker, this afternoon will mark the 11th vote to attack women's health care this Congress. It is past time for Republicans to end their attacks on Planned Parenthood and recognize that they are really harming women by denying them these badly needed healthcare services.
I hope my colleagues will vote ``no'' on H.R. 3762 and really begin to look at what they are doing in terms of the freedom of women to make their own decisions and to really access the vital healthcare services that they need.
Again, this reconciliation act does nothing to reconcile healthcare services, which women desperately need in our country.