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Gary Peters

Endorsed by PP

Born in Michigan, Peters — who was elected to the Senate in 2014 — has advocated for patients’ access to sexual and reproductive health care through his entire career in state and federal politics.

"A woman should have access to reproductive health services and the freedom to make her own decisions about her health and I will fight to protect this right each and every day that I serve here in the United States Senate."
Gary Peters, Aug. 4, 2015
Source: YouTube

In Congress, Peters has worked to protect and expand access to health care — casting a crucial vote to pass the Affordable Care Act in the House, and holding the line against efforts to repeal the landmark law in the Senate. 
During the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act, Peters spoke out about how repeal would hurt patients’ access to potentially lifesaving services at Planned Parenthood health centers. “Planned Parenthood is providing women across Michigan with critical preventative care, including cancer screenings and wellness exams,” Peters said in 2017. “I #StandWithPP and the millions of women who rely on them for quality health care.”

  • Voting Record
  • Voted NO on

    Medicaid Defund & ACA Repeal

    Aligned with PP
  • Voted NO  •  Aligned with PP

    In the early morning hours of July 28, 2017, the Senate voted on the American Health Care Act often referred to as the, “Skinny Repeal” bill. This bill would have been a disaster for women and reverse years of progress for women’s health. If passed, this bill would have blocked Medicaid patients from receiving care at Planned Parenthood health centers and taken away insurance from up to 32 million people by 2026.

    The care Planned Parenthood provides is too crucial for millions of women for politicians to use as a political football; approximately one in five women has relied on a Planned Parenthood health center for care in her lifetime In 2015, Planned Parenthood health centers saw 2.4 million patients and provided more than 4.2 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, more than 320,000 breast exams, nearly 295,000 Pap tests, and birth control to nearly 2 million women.

    The bill failed with a vote of 49-51.

  • Voted NO on

    Title X CRA (Reversing Obama Rule)

    Aligned with PP
  • Voted NO  •  Aligned with PP

    March 30, 2017, Disapproving the Final Rule Protecting Providers' Participation in the Title X Family Planning Program (HJ Res 43), Roll call vote 101

    In December 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule protecting patient access to trusted reproductive health providers under the Title X program, the nation’s only family planning program. In response to state attempts to ban abortion providers from Title X, the rule reinforces that women’s health providers cannot be prohibited from serving people under the program for reasons that are unrelated to their ability to provide Title X care, including birth control and cancer screenings. This rule reiterates longstanding federal law and became effective on January 18, 2017. Introduced on January 30, 2017 by Congresswoman Diane Black (R-Tennessee), H.J. Res. 43 would nullify a Department of Health and Human Services rule regarding subrecipients of family planning grants, administered under the nation’s family planning program, Title X. While framed as a ‘states rights’ issue by proponents, this resolution is an attempt by Congressional leadership to embolden anti-women’s health state politicians to take away people's health care - specifically the 4 million people who rely on Title X for birth control and other care - despite the fact that Title X had helped to ensure more than 4 million people have health care in this country. Planned Parenthood strongly supports the Title X program and opposes any attempts to repeal or scale back the program. H.J. Res. 43 passed the House on February 16, 2017 and was voted on in the Senate on March 30, 2017 where the vote came down to the razor thin 50-50 vote. When a Senate vote ends in a tie the Vice President of the United States serves as the tie breaker. Vice President Pence voted in favor of H.J. Res. 43. The resolution passed with a vote of 51-50.

  • Voted NO on

    Defund

    Aligned with PP
  • Voted NO  •  Aligned with PP

    August 23, 2018, 2018, S.Amdt. 3967 to S.Amdt. 3695 to H.R. 6157 (Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019), Roll Call Vote 191

    On August 23, 2018, Senators Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) proposed an amendment to the Department of Defense, LaborHHS Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R. 6157) which would block Planned Parenthood health centers from participating in critical safety net programs, including the Title X family planning program, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, and Medicaid in Fiscal Year 2019. 
    The Paul-Lee Amendment would block millions of people from receiving basic and preventive care at the health care provider of their choice and would be devastating for health care access across the country. Not only does this amendment hurt the millions of people who rely on Planned Parenthood for their health care needs, is is also a wildly unpopular proposal that has previously been rejected and is out of touch with 75% of Americans who do not support “defunding” Planned Parenthood health centers. This amendment not only failed to get the 60 votes required to move forward, it didn’t even reach a simple majority, demonstrating this amendment is out of touch for the majority of voters. The amendment failed the Senate with a vote of 45-48.

  • Voted NO on

    No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

    Aligned with PP
  • Voted NO  •  Aligned with PP

    January 17, 2019, Motion to Proceed on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (S. 109), Roll Call Vote 7

    The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (S. 109), sponsored by Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), is nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to take away the comprehensive private health insurance coverage that millions of women have and to make the Hyde amendment and other federal abortion bans permanent. This bill would eliminate abortion coverage for millions, make the harmful Hyde law permanent - impacting low income women and disproportionately affecting women of color - and undermine a woman’s ability to make personal decisions about her own health care. Since 1976 with the passage of the Hyde amendment, the federal government - as well as some states - have barred public funds from being used to pay for abortion procedures except in the case of rape, incest, or if the pregnant woman’s life is in danger.  Not only would the law seek to make Hyde permanent, the bill goes much further and would result in an unprecedented new restriction on women’s access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market. Today, the majority of private health insurance plans offer comprehensive coverage that includes abortion. But this bill would take private comprehensive abortion coverage away from women — even in circumstances where a woman needs an abortion to prevent severe, permanent damage to her health. The motion received a vote of 48-47, well below the 60 votes required for the bill to advance.
     

  • Voted NO on

    Kavanaugh Confirmation

    Aligned with PP
  • Voted NO  •  Aligned with PP

    Confirmation Vote: October 6, 2018

    Justice Kavanaugh repeatedly demonstrated through his rulings, words and actions that he does not respect the bodily autonomy and rights of women. Brett Kavanaugh’s judicial recordspeechesSenate Judiciary Committee testimony, and even his emails all lead to the conclusion that he would gut Roe v. Wade and undermine access to safe, legal abortion if given the chance. 
    Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump, who campaigned on the promise of overturning Roe v. Wade. While on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh ruled against a woman’s constitutional right to abortion — and his questioning of the legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act demonstrated that he poses a substantial risk to the landmark protections granted by this law. 
    Kavanaugh was confirmed despite compelling sworn testimony of sexual assault allegations brought by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and an FBI investigation widely disparaged as perfunctory. For these reasons, Planned Parenthood scored the procedural vote and also opposed the final confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh.

    Vote Count:
    YEAs: 50
    NAYs: 48
    Not voting: 1
    Question: On the Nomination (Confirmation Brett M. Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
    Vote Number: 223 
    Required For Majority: 1/2 
    Vote Result: Nomination Confirmed
    Nomination Number: PN2259
    Nomination Description: Brett M. Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

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