Friday, February 29, 2008

Statement From NARAL Pro Choice Virginia on Cuccinelli Budget Amendment

The following is a statement from NARAL regarding Senator Ken Cuccinelli's last minute amendment to the budget cutting funds to Planned Parenthood. Lt. Governor Bill Bolling cast the tie breaking vote that passed this amendment.

I have always supported NARAL, Planned Parenthood and a woman's right to choice. Even more important, however, Planned Parenthood does far more for women than simply provide birth control and abortion services. Planned Parenthood also provides screening for cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.

Defunding Planned Parenthood takes away one more health care option from low income women who can least afford to see their options narrowed. Here is NARAL's statement:


Bolling’s tie-breaking vote to de-fund Planned Parenthood contradicts his cervical-cancer awareness campaign (Alexandria, VA)- NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia called on Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to explain how he could vote to cut health-care services for low-income women in the state, even though he did public-service announcements urging women to seek out cervical-cancer screenings.

On Wednesday, Bolling cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of prohibiting state expenditures to Planned Parenthood, whose facilities provide a wide range of health-care services, including cervical-cancer screening. Last year, Lt. Gov. Bolling appeared in a series of public service announcements across Virginia to raise public awareness about cervical cancer. His web site advises women to seek these services and outlines the importance of early detection of cervical cancer. “Just last year Lt. Governor Bolling publicly encouraged women to seek out screenings for cervical cancer and health services, and now he has voted to cut this funding,“ said Tarina Keene, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “Virginians are tired of these divisive attacks on reproductive healthcare. Mr. Bolling needs to explain his hypocrisy to the thousands of women in Virginia who could lose access to these essential health services due to his actions.”

The budget amendment, offered by Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax), seeks to remove hundred of thousands of dollars in funding for women’s health programs, including the provision of cancer screenings, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, and contraception.


Brian Kirwin said...

Oh, yeah. Planned Parenthood exists for public awareness of cancer. Of course they do.

Ms. Keene obviously learned to use those partisan words like "divisive", "hypocrisy" and "attacks" from her stint in the Sorensen Institute.

Since Planned Parenthood wants us to think abortion is only a little-bitty-tiny part of what they do, I guess they can just stop abortion services now, right?


Planned Parenthood's website says "Abortions are very common. In fact, more than one in three women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old."

So much for safe, legal and RARE.

AnonymousIsAWoman said...

Planned Parenthood does indeed provide abortion services. I wouldn't dream of denying that. Their mission is to help women with all their medical needs. And their title, Planned Parenthood, kind of says it all - they believe that every child should be wanted and every women should have the choice of when to have a child.

But they do much, much more than just provide abortion services. In fact, when they first began, abortion was still illegal in most of the country and was not part of their services.

Their main medical service, in fact, was and still is providing birth control to women.

In addition, they provide health care screening for STDs and breast and cervical cancer.

The women who mostly benefit from those screening services are low income women.

If Planned Parenthood never provided another abortion, they would still be valuable for the aid they give in health screening and birth control.

You have every right to oppose abortion. But that does not make supporters of Planned Parenthood hypocrites. It just makes them people who disagree with you.

Brian Kirwin said...

I didn't call anyone a hypocrite. Keene did. Maybe you should email her and tell her how you disagree with her.

Anonymous said...

This is all politics Kaine took out the abstinence funding and this is the "payback"


AnonymousIsAWoman said...

I think you're exactly right.

Anon E. Mouse said...

Does PP provide infertility services, too?

AnonymousIsAWoman said...

Good question. They might not because that is a very complicated medical specialty unto itself. And it involves treated male as well as female infertility issues.

But they might well have a referral service for women who do request infertility services.