In a recent interview, Representative Michele Bachmann called for Planned Parenthood to be defunded:
“It is incumbent upon us as members of Congress to let people know… the stark fiscal realities that we are facing as a nation, and can’t we at minimum start with defunding things like Planned Parenthood and paying for other people’s abortions that are highly controversial and are violating our principles of the Declaration of Independence, our inalienable right to life? That we can at least agree on, that we should defund that.”
Rep. Bachmann doesn’t understand the incredibly important role Planned Parenthood plays in the health of women all across the country. In fact, in Bachmann’s home state of Minnesota, Planned Parenthood provided more than 300,000 units of contraception, approximately 62,000 STI tests, more than 20,000 breast cancer screenings and over 17,000 cervical cancer screenings. In the past year alone, Planned Parenthood has served more than 60,000 Minnesotans in need of affordable health care. Defunding Planned Parenthood would deny access to basic health care for millions of women.
The National Women’s Law Center recently released a study which gave Minnesota an overall “unsatisfactory” rating when it comes to meeting women’s health objectives. Minnesota received a failing grade for the declining number of women getting pap smears. So why would Bachmann want to remove access to critical reproductive care?
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