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House Allows for Creation of Select Panel to Investigate Planned Parenthood

Press Release
Washington
loretta Kane, Camino Public Relations Phone: 917.410.7242 Email: lk@caminopr.org

Washington, D.C – Today members of the house passed House Resolution 461, which authorized the creation of a select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood and other healthcare providers.  This panel will do nothing more than continue to target and bully Planned Parenthood, one of our nation’s leading healthcare providers, and the healthcare safety net that latino/a communities rely on. The true agenda of these efforts is to create an atmosphere of scrutiny, fear, and shame around reproductive healthcare, and intimidate patients who seek abortion services as well as those who provide much needed care. The creation of this panel would contribute to a culture that undermines the legitimacy and ability of individuals’ personal decision-making about their reproductive healthcare and their families. 

Latino/as already face disproportionately high rates of reproductive cancers, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections, making access to reproductive healthcare services even more crucial.  By enabling and encouraging further legislative attacks on Planned Parenthood, this panel would threaten the organization’s ability to continue offering care to our communities, and will shutter the healthcare safety net that latino/a families rely on. In 2013, 22 percent of Planned Parenthood patients were latino/a — more than 575,000 people. Our communities rely on Planned Parenthood for quality healthcare, and we will not tolerate any attempts to cut Latinas off from this care.

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) executive director Jessica González-Rojas responded to news of the passage of the resolution by saying: “This select committee is nothing more than a witch hunt with one purpose only - to close Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, and cut off millions from their basic right to healthcare.  We will not stand by as providers are targeted and women’s lives are toyed with in a complete abuse of power. We know the true purpose behind this select committee is to undermine women's health and rights, and we know that this will hurt low-income communities and women of color the most. We stand with Planned Parenthood and against these continued malicious attacks that are ultimately designed to undo the right to abortion care in this country.”

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.