PoliticalNews.me - Mar 04,2017 - Cortez Masto, Murray, Blumenthal Lead Senators in Calling On Mitch McConnell to Drop Republican Efforts to Gut Family Planning Centers
Title X family planning centers provide millions of low-income women and men health care services
President Obama reinforced protections in the Title X family planning program before leaving office—LINK
In new letter, Senators urge Leader McConnell not to consider House Republican legislation seeking to overturn these protections
Health care providers nationwide have opposed efforts to overturn Title X protections
Senators: “Family planning services, like those provided at Planned Parenthood and other family planning centers, should be available to all women, no matter where they live or how much money they make”
Washington, DC – Led by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), today Senators sent a letter to Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) calling on him to “protect the health and wellbeing of millions of women” by committing not to bring to the Senate floor legislation passed by House Republicans seeking to overturn rules protecting Title X health centers.
“For women in every U.S. state and especially in rural and struggling communities, Title X health centers are a vital resource for preventive and primary care,” wrote the Senators. “It is critical that you take a stand and protect women’s health against efforts to undermine reproductive health care and roll back women’s health advances.”
In 2015 alone, Title X provided basic primary and preventive health care services such as pap tests, breast exams, and HIV testing to more than four million low-income women and men at over 4,000 health centers. In December 2016, the Obama Administration clarified and reinforced existing protections in the Title X program to ensure no qualified provider is excluded from eligibility for federal funding, and guarantee that women and LGBT people have access to the care entitled to them under federal law.
This month, House Republicans jammed through resolutions under the Congressional Review Act which would overturn this important regulation, limiting access to care for women and permitting discrimination against family planning providers. In the letter, Senate Democrats warn Leader McConnell that these efforts would “deny women access to this care and permit discrimination against providers,” resulting in family planning providers losing access to federal family planning resources.
Along with Senators Murray, Cortez Masto, and Blumenthal, the letter was also signed by Senators: Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-IL), Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), Cory A. Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Thomas R. Caper (D-DE), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Christopher A. Coons (D-DE), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Margaret Wood Hassan (D-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NV), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jeffery A. Merkley (D-OR), Christopher Murphy (D-CT), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Gary C. Peters (D-MI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernard