- Category: Commentary
- Published on Friday, 08 June 2012 13:47
- Written by Press Release
National Security Funding an Inappropriate Forum for Attacks on Women’s Health
Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--June 8, 2012. Planned Parenthood remains steadfast in its opposition to the abortion rider included in the the Homeland Security Appropriations bill that passed the House of Representatives yesterday. The provision, adopted in committee markup last month, is unnecessary and redundant to existing policy, and is simply an example of opponents of women’s health bringing ideological, election-year politics into a serious discussion about U.S. homeland security.
“Legislation on critical U.S. national security funding is an inappropriate forum for opponents of women’s health to have injected ideological politics into the debate,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Abortion language had no business in this legislation, with such critical homeland security funding issues at stake. The bottom line is that this language is unnecessary and redundant to existing policy.”
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate nearly 800 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year. We also work with allies worldwide to ensure that all women and men have the right and the means to meet their sexual and reproductive health care needs.