Congressional candidate Curry supports Planned Parenthood funding | Arkansas Blog

Congressional candidate Curry supports Planned Parenthood funding


Dianne Curry, an announced Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress, a seat now held by Republican Rep. French Hill, has criticized Hill for his vote to stop federal Medicaid money from going to Planned Parenthood clinics.

She said Hill should stop "playing politics" with the funding issue. Her release:

"Under H.R. 3945, states would be allowed to deny Medicaid reimbursements for non-abortion related care. Planned Parenthood provides nearly 3,000 cancer screenings to women every day. This includes Arkansans who are mothers, sisters and daughters. My opponent, French Hill, voted to put Arkansas women at risk. These games that the politicians play in Washington, D.C. is why Americans are tired. We need to remember what that foundation of this country is .... it's not We The Politicians but WE THE PEOPLE. As a member of Congress, I am never going to put Arkansans at risk either financially or with their health," said Curry.

Curry said the services Planned Parenthood provide are key to a healthier Arkansas.

"I have had young Arkansas women tell me that thanks to Planned Parenthood they were able to get mammograms and other life-saving services that made them healthier members of the work force and society. The cold, hard fact is that a vote to defund Planned Parenthood is a vote to limit women’s access to cancer screenings, contraceptives, and all the other important services Planned Parenthood provides. These baseless attacks that House Republicans made on Planned Parenthood is the same script they used to smear and attack ACORN which started here in Arkansas. Americans deserve better than these games that Republican politicians play. For many women, Planned Parenthood is their preferred medical provider. One in five American women will go to Planned Parenthood for services at some point in their lives. Defunding Planned Parenthood and reducing the number of providers available for will reduce women’s access to care, pure and simple. To put it another way, the demand for care would still exist, but there would be fewer providers to provide care. And for many women, Planned Parenthood may be the only provider where they can seek medical help. Republican politicians are trying to eliminate their access to Planned Parenthood health centers. That is just wrong and one of the many reasons I am running for Congress. As a member of Congress, I will always fight to make sure women's access to critical health care needs are protected," said Curry

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