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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Radio Ads Launch

In light of the Congressional hearings over budget cuts for women's health care, Planned Parenthood is taking to the airwaves. We have launched several radio spots to highlight the representatives who voted to bar funding for preventative health services. The failed proposal to deny federal funding for preventative services would have taken the most basic care away from the millions of women and families who rely on Planned Parenthood's health centers. The members of Congress who voted against Planned Parenthood were voting against access to basic and preventative care, like Pap tests, cancer screenings, birth control, and testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

The radio spot, titled "Courtney's Story," features a woman with endometriosis recounting how Planned Parenthood gave her the basic care she needed to stay healthy and have a son.

"Courtney's story is the story of women we see every year," said Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. "That's why we are educating the public about how some members of Congress voted to deny Courtney and women like her access to basic, preventative health care."

She's right: there are many people out there with stories like Courtney's. Three million patients receive care from Planned Parenthood each year, and 1 in 5 women have received care from Planned Parenthood at some point. That's why it's so important to let these representatives know that when they vote against funding preventative services, they're voting against the health of millions of people.

You can catch our ad responding to Illinois reps Joe Walsh and Randy Hultgren by clicking here.

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