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April 12, 2011
1:25 PM

CONTACT: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Tyler Prell, 202-701-5796

Extremist Republicans' Attack on Women, Planned Parenthood Could Put Lives at Risk

WASHINGTON - April 12 - In response to planned votes in Congress designed to defund Planned Parenthood, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement:

"We have seen attacks on working families in state after state, but now the extremist wing of the Republican Party has chosen a new target - women.

"Planned Parenthood is an essential part of our nation's healthcare system, yet a handful of ideologically-driven Members of Congress want to prevent millions of American women from receiving life-saving healthcare. Since its formation, Planned Parenthood has been a leader in providing access to services such as cancer screenings, annual exams and other important preventive services. Every dollar in federal funding goes toward preventive care. Simply put, Planned Parenthood saves lives.

"This mean-spirited attack on women's health is at odds with our values as a nation. The sensible, rational majority of Congress should vote against this extreme attack on women."

With 2 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers—not just corporations and CEOs—benefit from today's global economy.


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