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For immediate release: Thursday, August 23, 2018         
Contact: Planned Parenthood media office, [email protected]; 212-261-4433

Despite Efforts to Undermine Health Care, Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support to Protect Women’s Access to Health Care

Failed Efforts to Block People from Access to Education and Preventive Care at Planned Parenthood Show How Out of Touch Anti-Women’s Health Politicians Are 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Senate approved a funding bill that protects access to basic health care for women and families. Once again, the Senate rejected efforts by a minority of anti-women’s health politicians to block people from relying on Planned Parenthood for education and preventive care through the Title X family planning program, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, Medicaid, HIV/AIDs services, and other key programs. A poll from Kaiser Family Foundation shows that 75 percent of Americans do not want to see Planned Parenthood prevented from serving patients through these programs. Planned Parenthood commends this bipartisan bill that protects critical reproductive health care programs.

Statement from Dana Singiser, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Planned Parenthood Federation of America: 

“Senators are listening to their constituents’ requests to protect people’s health and rights. Today, the Senate roundly rejected another effort to attack access to preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers, and then passed a bill that invests in education and health care to improve health outcomes. While the Trump-Pence administration and its allies are attacking women’s access to health care, this spending bill is a needed investment in people’s basic health care. Providing people with access to birth control and evidenced-based sex education is common sense.  We should continue to invest in the proven policies that have led to healthier communities and historic lows in rates of unintended pregnancy across the country.”