The House today voted to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood, meaning thousands of men and women will be without birth control, health screenings, and sexually transmitted infection treatments.
Via ABC News:
Friday afternoon, the House passed the amendment by a vote of 240-185 with one member voting present. The House must still vote for final passage on the underlying spending bill before the cuts head to the Senate for a possible vote later this month.
The measure would eliminate cutting about $330 million through the end of September for preventative-health services, including federal funding for contraception and cancer screenings, at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country.
Planned Parenthood is already prevented by federal law from using federal dollars for abortion services. The amendment takes away the money they use to provide for family planning, birth control, medical and preventive services.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America responded quickly with an email to supporters asking them to continue to fight for the organization.
Minutes ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to bar Planned Parenthood from all federal funding for any purpose whatsoever. That means no funding to Planned Parenthood health centers for birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other essential care.
By far, this is the most dangerous legislative assault on women’s health in our history, and it cannot go unanswered. We need you to stand united with us now. We need you to stand with Planned Parenthood and with the three million women, men, and teens we serve, who are now at risk of losing access to basic care.
Sarah Stoesz, CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota also released a statement following the vote:
“The vote today in the House of Representatives reflects the pursuit of an extreme political agenda by the Republican House leadership. The outcome of this vote is radically out of step with mainstream American and Minnesota values, and it is out of line with what voters want Congress to focus on,” said President and CEO Sarah Stoesz.
“In attacking Planned Parenthood, the House Republican leadership has launched a campaign against women on who rely on us for primary and preventive health care, including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, annual exams, birth control, HIV testing, and STI testing and treatment,” Stoesz said.
“The amendment to cut funding does nothing to reduce the deficit; it does nothing to improve the economy, but it will take health care away from women who are struggling to make ends meet and rely on Planned Parenthood,” said Stoesz.
“Undermining Planned Parenthood certainly guarantees an increase in the number of unintended pregnancies. It is difficult to understand why those who say they are opposed to abortion would undermine family planning and contraception that helps prevent the need for it,” Stoesz said.
The senate is expected to vote on the federal funding ban sometime in March.