Today, Senate Democratic women joined together to urge their Republican colleagues to vote against the upcoming resolutions that would eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and roll back health care reform, and to end a continued legislative assault on women's health care options. The Senators highlighted the devastating impacts these resolutions would have on women and families across the country.
"While claiming to be focused solely on deficit reduction, Republicans have been pushing an extreme ideological agenda that threatens the health and lives of American women," said Senator Boxer (D-CA). "We will continue to stand up for the millions of women and families who rely on these preventive and life-saving health care services."
"Even though the Republicans want to take women back to the Dark Ages, we will not go," Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) said. "We will fight them with every legislative tool at our disposal. Make no mistake: This entire process has not been about reducing the debt or the deficit -- it's been about reducing opportunity. The major constituencies that bear this burden are the women and children."
"I am proud to stand here with my Democratic women colleagues to send the message that we are not going to allow women to be thrown under the bus in this -- or any other - budget debate," said Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). "As a woman and a mother, I am angry that women's health care is even up for debate right now. I truly hope that once we win these votes and put the issues behind us, Republicans stop playing ideological political games, and work with us in good faith on the serious issues facing our country."
"This is simply an opportunity for the right wing to turn back the clock and really sock it to American women," said Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). "To be clear, to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood is to stop providing critical health care to millions of American women, the majority of whom are poor and cannot afford the range of preventative health services provided in California and around the country."
"While our budget hangs in the balance, Republicans have chosen to wage a war on women's health, and we are the last line of defense," said Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA). "We should not be diverted by an extremist social agenda not supported by the majority of Americans. Let's get back to putting Americans back to work, creating new jobs, and moving our economy forward."
"Votes on unrelated political issues are a distraction from the real debate over the budget, which itself is a distraction from what we should be talking about--creating jobs," said Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). "It's very troubling that a vote to cut cancer screenings and routine care for women was what the Republicans demanded in exchange for not shutting down the government."
"Just days after a bipartisan budget agreement, I am frustrated that the Senate will spend valuable time on a partisan measure that threatens to take away vital health services for millions of vulnerable American women," Senator Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) said. "Last year, North Carolina Planned Parenthood facilities performed more than 11,000 breast and cervical cancer screenings and 18,000 STD tests for women who could not otherwise afford these services. I hope my colleagues will stop playing political Russian Roulette with women's health services and instead focus on a bipartisan, comprehensive plan to reduce our long-term debt."
"In some parts of New Hampshire, Planned Parenthood is the only provider of preventive health care services to low-income women," said Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). "It's going to be far worse for patients and more expensive for the government if we eliminate this funding."
"The election last November was not a mandate for any one political party or ideology," said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). "It was a mandate for action -- for solutions that will create jobs and get our country going again. But what are the House Republicans focused on? Not creating jobs. Not growing our economy -- but an assault on the rights of women, and health services for millions of American families. These votes to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal health care reform show a disregard for women. If Republicans continue their anti-woman agenda, they will continue to find a fight in the Senate."