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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Illinois Republican Representatives Stand Up For Women

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Mike Pence’s (R-IN, 6th District) amendment to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds for any purpose, including providing basic primary and lifesaving preventive health care to women and families.  Rep. Pence offered the amendment to the FY11 Continuing Resolution, which completely eliminates the national family planning program, Title X. 

It now falls to Senators from both parties to join together to reject this extreme approach, restore common sense, and guarantee that Planned Parenthood and the millions of Americans who count on us for health care are protected.

Despite our outrage over the passage of this amendment, we are extremely grateful to Representative Robert Dold (R-IL, 10th District) and Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL, 13th District) for voting against the Pence Amendment. They had the courage to stand up for women who rely on these critical services.  Thank you, Rep. Dold and Rep. Biggert!

Rep. Dold not only voted against the Pence Amendment, he also spoke out on the floor to express his support for the Title X program and the essential health care services it provides to women:

Watch the video below to hear the full floor speech by Rep. Dold.
"While we must always ensure that funds are applied properly, completely prohibiting any funds from going to the main provider of title X family planning services I believe would be shortsighted and would negatively impact the lives of women who depend on these health care services."

Sign our open letter to every single representative in the House who voted for Pence and to every senator who still has a chance to stop it.

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