As a Republican, I am proud of Senator Mark Kirk for standing up and voting for what is best for the women of Illinois. Senator Mark Kirk stood up to the agenda of those politicians opposed to women’s health and voted against the latest attacks to defund Planned Parenthood and ban abortion at 20 weeks.
In recent weeks, members of Congress have called for barring Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds for women’s health services. Several Southern states have already takes steps to eliminate public funding for the organization’s clinics.
Defenders are a core group of supporters who have said they'll give their time to defend Planned Parenthood, the health services they provide, and the people who rely on them — in what just may be the fight of our lives.
Last week: Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a state budget that may cause more health care centers to close; meanwhile, a law forcing 48-hour wait times for women seeking safe, legal abortion went into effect in Tennessee.
This week: Ohio’s Senate passed a bill that would dangerously ban abortions after 20 weeks without exceptions for rape or incest; meanwhile, Texas Governor Abbott kicked Planned Parenthood out of a program that provides breast and cervical cancer screenings to low-income women; and the U.S. Senate decides to attack fact-based teen pregnancy prevention programs and replace it with #JunkScience, abstinence-only dogma.
The Health Maternity and Obstetric Medicine (Healthy MOM) Act would create a 60-day enrollment window for pregnant women to enroll in or upgrade a health insurance plan provided through Healthcare.gov, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) or her employer.
The night of June 20, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a devastating budget that blocks low-income women from accessing free breast and cervical cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. This follows years of hostile policies that have left tens of thousands of Texas women without access to cancer screenings, birth control, HIV tests and other preventive care.