January 08, 2017

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Reaffirm Opposition to Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood at Clinic in Exeter

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Reaffirm Opposition to Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood at Clinic in Exeter

Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Exeter

EXETER - TODAY, Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen visited the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Exeter, where they toured the clinic, met with patients, employees, and volunteers, and discussed their efforts to oppose Speaker Ryan's plan to defund Planned Parenthood.

"The fundamental right of women to access health care is integral to the economic security and vitality of our families and communities, and Planned Parenthood provides critical primary and preventative health care services to thousands of New Hampshire women, including preventative care, birth control and cancer screenings," Senator Hassan said. "It is outrageous that Speaker Ryan and Republicans in Washington would try to take away access to basic health services for women in New Hampshire and across the country, and I will continue fighting against any proposals that defund Planned Parenthood and undermine Granite Staters' access to quality, affordable health care at providers they trust."

"Thousands of women in the Granite State rely on Planned Parenthood for vital preventative and primary health care services like breast cancer exams, diabetes screenings, and birth control services," Senator Shaheen said. "Defunding Planned Parenthood would leave these women without access to critical preemptive care that they need in order to live healthy lives, care for their families, and lead in the workforce. This effort is another politically-motivated attack on women in New Hampshire and across the country, and I will not stand for it. Republican leadership in Congress does not have a mandate to take away women's healthcare."

Last week, Senators Hassan and Shaheen joined Senators Murray, Gillibrand, Booker, Cortez-Masto and Harris in voicing their strong opposition to Speaker Ryan's plan to defund Planned Parenthood through the budget reconciliation process. The Senators also joined their colleagues in sending a letter to Speaker Ryan, emphasizing their commitment to protecting the health and well-being of millions of women, men and families that rely on Planned Parenthood.

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