The US Senate has rejected the spending bill (and the Pence Amendment) that would de-fund Planned Parenthood and other clinics funded by Title X. The bill had frightened advocates for women’s health when it passed the House earlier this year. Now the bill goes back to the House of Representatives for negotiations. This means it’s not over yet. Young women and the uninsured could still lose funding for birth control and vital health services.
Advocacy groups, such as the Manhattan Young Democrats, are incorporating the push to save Title X into their annual Engendering Progress gala, an event to honor female thought-leaders and activists. NARAL Pro-choice NYC will bring a petition addressed to our representatives in Washington asking them not cut Title X funding.
According to Sabrina Schulman, Political Director of NARAL Pro-Choice New York:
“Recent attacks on women’s access to abortion care and family planning services defy common sense, both morally and economically. Placing burdensome barriers to abortion care and limiting access to family planning will not stop women from needing these services; it will only force women to take drastic measures to get the care they need. The pro-choice majority in this country must stand up and make our voices heard.”