WASHINGTON, DC – Planned Parenthood Action Fund released the following statement today on the proposed bipartisan agreement on the human trafficking bill in the U.S. Senate.

Statement from Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“The Hyde Amendment blocks women from access to abortion, a safe and legal medical procedure, and it has had a devastating impact on low-income women for decades. We will keep fighting to repeal the Hyde Amendment.

“As part of their agenda to outlaw legal abortion, Senator Cornyn and anti-women’s health politicians hijacked an otherwise bipartisan effort to support survivors of human trafficking and delayed this legislation for over one month. Thankfully, Senators Reid and Murray and other women’s health champions held the line and today’s agreement prevents Hyde from being extended even further into other funding streams, and provides survivors of human trafficking with immediate access to needed health care services.  

“It’s ridiculous that some politicians are so fixated on a narrow political agenda that they'd go so far as to block a highly qualified nominee for attorney general and deny care to survivors of human trafficking. What’s clear is that this is part of an organized, orchestrated effort to block access to abortion for the most vulnerable women in this country and it’s playing out in Congress and in state legislatures across the country.