Kyl later stated that his statement was not meant to be factual. John Kyl's statement outlined a bigger issue - he didn't know that abortions only make up about 3% of the health services, that Planned Parenthood provides. He clearly has no clue what Planned Parenthood does for people! He only knows his rehearsed GOP talking points and the lies fed to him by his conservative colleagues. Senator Kyl is clearly uninformed and admittedly gives false information.
The 112th Congress began its legislative session on January 3, 2011. On February 11, 2011, exactly 39 days later, the Republican controlled House of Representatives introduced H.R. 1. After all of the campaigning, talking points and anti-incumbent rhetoric, one would think that the FIRST bill of the legislative session would have been aimed at the American people. Maybe a jobs bill or even foreclosure prevention bill, after all this party vowed to turn the economy around. Nope. They introduced legislation that specifically called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
For more than 90-years, Planned Parenthood has worked to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices.
More than three million men and women in the US visit Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers for general healthcare services on an annual basis. Some of the healthcare services that Planned Parenthood offers are anemia testing, flu vaccines, diabetes screening, cholesterol screening, physical examinations, high blood pressure screening, tetanus vaccination, thyroid screening and a host of other general practice services.
Planned Parenthood also offers a host of sexual and reproductive health services, men's sexual health services and women's health services including; birth control, the morning-after pill, pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted disease testing, abortion services, testicular cancer screening, prostate cancer screening and urinary tract infection screening, breast cancer screening, ovarian cancer screening, pap tests and HPV testing.
*Note to Senator Kyl - you can get your cholesterol and blood pressure checked at Planned Parenthood
The GOP wants to deny women their reproductive rights and deny healthcare to poor people in the process. This is part of their strategy. The ultimate pursuit here is a direct attack on women, a ban on abortion in the United States by overturning Roe v. Wade. Two attempts at the federal level through legislation, didn't work - no problem. Get the Republican Governors to kick the can further along. In come the big four.
*UPDATE* per The Associated Press:
Indiana is not allowed to cut off Planned Parenthood’s public funding for general health services solely because the organization also provides abortions, a federal judge said Friday in blocking parts of the state’s tough new abortion law.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt’s ruling granted Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s request for a preliminary injunction on the state’s move to defund the organization. It also sided with federal officials who said states cannot restrict Medicaid recipients’ freedom to choose their health care provider or disqualify Medicaid providers merely because they also offer abortions.
Wisconsin - Republican Governor Scott Walker is expected to sign a budget bill that blocks state and federal funding from nine of the states Planned Parenthood healthcare centers. The Walker budget also eliminates $1M in annual funding to nine Planned Parenthood Clinics. Over 12,000 uninsured women will be affected by this.
North Carolina - In a strange twist, the Republican controlled, North Carolina legislature overrode Democratic Governor Bev Purdue's veto of a budget bill they passed. The bill blocks all federal and state funds to Planned Parenthood of North Carolina, because they also provide abortions. Over 25,000 low-income men and women in the state of North Carolina will have no access to health care services.