Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) argued defunding Planned Parenthood is telling “millions” of Americans “You can just die” in a speech on the House floor on Thursday.
DeLauro said that by trying to defund Planned Parenthood, “the majority has declared war on the health and well-being of millions of women. Planned Parenthood serves 2.7 million Americans every year, with lifesaving services like pap tests, breast exams, screenings for sexually transmitted infections, and for many low-income families, Planned Parenthood is their only option. The majority claims that other clinics can take up the slack, but just listen to Dr. American Congress of Obstetricians, the President of the American Congress of [Obstetricians and Gynecologists], and I quote. ‘If Planned Parenthood…went away, there’s a good number of patients just in my service area that no longer [will] have a doctor. … If they start calling my office, it’s going to be we could take you, but it might be two, three months down the road.’And if they call other places it might be, we can’t even take you.’ This bill creates chaos. And in that chaos, people’s lives will be put at risk. This bill is spiteful. It’s mean-spirited, and it is cruel. It tells millions of low-income Americans ‘Forget your health. You can just die.'”
(h/t CNS News)
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