Planned Parenthood Hearing Is Another ‘Callous, Calculated Tactic’ By Anti-Abortion Extremists in Congress

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families

“Today’s hearing on Planned Parenthood before the House of Representatives Oversight Committee is another callous, calculated tactic designed to mislead the public and undermine women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion services. With the federal budget deadline looming, extremists are once again demonstrating that their priority is furthering an anti-woman agenda, not governing, not what the public wants, and not what is best for the country.

Anti-abortion extremists in Congress continue to willfully mislead the nation about the critical health care services Planned Parenthood provides, despite evidence showing that voters support this trusted health care provider. Millions of women rely on Planned Parenthood for high-quality preventive care, including birth control, potentially life-saving screenings for cancer, and screenings and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

Attacks on Planned Parenthood are attacks on women’s health. Lawmakers must stop wasting time on mean-spirited and grossly irresponsible distractions like this hearing and focus on passing a budget that will ensure every woman and every family can access high-quality health care and achieve economic security.”

About the National Partnership

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care and policies that help all people meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at NationalPartnership.org.

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