RedTracker| Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has declared her opposition to the House attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, writes Politico. Murkowski was reelected senator of Alaska in an independent write-in vote after the ultra Conservative Tea Party wing tried to take her down.
“I believe Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with their funding cuts in the bill,” Murkowski wrote in a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Vice Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). “I ask you to consider these programs going forward to determine if there is room for allowing continued funding.”
Her declaration follows Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins earlier declaration against the House Republican men’s vote to defund Title X, the only federal program dedicated to reproductive health issues.
“Sen. Collins is a longtime supporter of the Title X family planning program, and she believes the House’s decision to completely eliminate the funding is unwise,” Collins spokesman Kevin Kelley said. “The program has successfully reduced the number of unplanned pregnancies, therefore helping to reduce health care costs.”
Social conservatives insist that the House leadership make the defunding of Planned Parenthood a ‘nonnegotiable’ in their budget talks with the Senate.
We encourage all of America’s thinking women to stand up and demand secure reproductive rights, once and for all.
This week we will release our assessment of the financial costs to Americans of the proposed Republican strategy to outlaw abortion in America. The Vatican is not picking up the tab, we assure you.
Either American taxpayers will pay the price, or America will sink further in the global stastistics of health, education and poverty statistics.
We are already in an embarrassingly low place in the rankings, not wanting to invest in our children, and more importantly, in birth control as other countries — including Canada — do. Republican men want to end all support of young women, pitting us against every other developed nation in the world.
Our financial assessment of the Republican men’s war on women is coming. Meanwhile, we thank Republican Senators Murkowski and Collins for supporting American women. Anne