NMAC Statement on House Vote to Strip Planned Parenthood of Federal Funding The following is a statement from National Minority AIDS Council Deputy Executive Director Daniel C. Montoya:
Washington, DC — “Today the House of Representatives voted to cut all funding to Planned Parenthood programs. This short-sighted move, undoubtedly meant to appease the leadership’s conservative base, is a dangerous precedent that threatens the sexual and reproductive health of millions of women, particularly women of color.
“Today’s vote was the antithesis of pro-life politics, as Planned Parenthood is already barred from using any federal funds for abortions. Rather, the House leadership is pushing to defund the family planning programs of the organization, which for millions of low-income women are the only source of sexual and reproductive health counseling, including education about HIV and other sexually transmitted disease prevention.
“The National Minority AIDS Council is extremely disappointed in today’s vote and urges the Senate to avoid playing politics with women’s health and reject this legislation.”
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