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Planned Parenthood Statement on House Passage of Homeland Security Appropriations

National Security Funding an Inappropriate Forum for Attacks on Women’s Health


Planned Parenthood remains steadfast in its opposition to the abortion rider included in the the Homeland Security Appropriations bill that passed the House of Representatives yesterday. The provision, adopted in committee markup last month, is unnecessary and redundant to existing policy, and is simply an example of opponents of women's health bringing ideological, election-year politics into a serious discussion about U.S. homeland security.

"Legislation on critical U.S. national security funding is an inappropriate forum for opponents of women's health to have injected ideological politics into the debate," said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "Abortion language had no business in this legislation, with such critical homeland security funding issues at stake. The bottom line is that this language is unnecessary and redundant to existing policy."

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