August 14, 2012 -- The Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest, the nonpartisan legislative and electoral arm of Planned Parenthood, has endorsed Scott Peters' campaign for California's newly drawn 52nd Congressional District.
"Based on his 100 percent commitment to Planned Parenthood and to access to women's reproductive health services, our board is honored to endorse Scott Peters for Congress," said Planned Parenthood Action Fund board chair Julie Bornstein. "When long-standing reproductive rights are in peril -- even access to birth control -- we are grateful for a candidate who is committed to protecting the health, safety and privacy of women and their families."
Peters' opponent, incumbent Congressman Brian Bilbray, by contrast, has been a reliable soldier in the extremists' War on Women, voting to limit access to women's preventive healthcare, contraception and reproductive health services.
In 2011, Bilbray voted to strip funding for Planned Parenthood, a safety-net provider of reproductive and preventive healthcare for millions of women. He also supported extremists' efforts to shut down the federal government over opposition to the program. This year, Bilbray voted to eliminate funding for clinics that provide reproductive and preventive health services to low-income women, including breast and cervical cancer screenings.
Bilbray's dismal record on reproductive rights and women's health has earned him a 9% rating from Planned Parenthood.
"Over the last two years, the extremists in Congress, including Brian Bilbray, have conducted an all-out assault on women's healthcare and reproductive choice, including access to contraception," Peters said.
"My wife and I both are extremely committed to Planned Parenthood," said Peters, whose wife served on the local Planned Parenthood board of directors for years. "I will always stand firmly in defense of the rights of all women to have access to affordable birth control and reproductive healthcare and will oppose any efforts to roll back these rights."