Today, Mark Udall joined 40 of his Senate colleagues in signing a letter expressing support for Title X women's health programs, which annually provide over 50,000 Colorado women with preventive health care, family planning services, and - especially in rural communities - basic primary care.
The House and Senate are currently considering proposals that would eliminate or restrict the ability of community-based doctors and nurses - including Planned Parenthood - to provide health care services funded with Title X grants and other programs. Udall believes we need to rein in federal spending and is working with his colleagues across the aisle to balance the budget and cut deficit spending. But he has repeatedly said he will oppose measures that are solely politically motivated and do nothing to address the federal government's debt.
In the letter, sent to the Senate's Democratic and Republican leaders, Udall and his colleagues affirm their strong support for making women's health and family planning services affordable and available for the millions of women across the country who rely on them.
"Without access to women's health services, thousands of women in Colorado will go without preventive screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer and other diseases. These programs save taxpayer dollars by ensuring women - especially low-income women - have access to basic preventative health care and family planning services that reduce unintended pregnancies," Udall said. "I'm working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure we make targeted and well-reasoned decisions to reduce federal spending so we can pay down our debt. The proposed elimination of essential health care for women is a political distraction that will put Colorado women at risk, raise health care costs over the long term, and do nothing to help us cut deficit spending."