Washington, DC – Planned Parenthood Action Fund condemned efforts by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to advance an extreme abortion restriction as part of important bipartisan efforts to establish greater protections for victims of human trafficking. Following is a statement by Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“It's outrageous that some politicians are using a bill to protect victims of sex trafficking to push an extreme anti-abortion, anti-immigrant agenda. This is politics at its worst. A bill that was supposed to help women is instead being used to hurt women.

"The Senate should protect victims of human trafficking but should not do so at the expense of women's access to safe and legal abortion.  The majority of human trafficking victims are women and girls, and they need access to the full range of reproductive health care services without barriers."