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Attack on Planned Parenthood Comes to the Pennsylvania Senate

Today, the Senate Finance Committee voted for legislation to defund Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania. As a member of this committee, I voted against this irresponsible and irrational bill.

Sen. Vincent Hughes Remarks on Planned Parenthood Funding 

Sen. Vincent Hughes on Planned Parenthood Funding

This measure, which is part of a national effort to dismantle Planned Parenthood, is an attack on women and family health.

Defunding Planned Parenthood would deny patients access to high quality, affordable health care, including cancer screenings, birth control, HIV testing, and more, as well as access to sex education. Efforts to defund Planned Parenthood would disenfranchise people of color, those with low incomes and people in rural areas the most.

In Pennsylvania, nearly 50 percent of Planned Parenthood’s health centers in Pennsylvania are in medically under-served areas of the state.

Last year, Planned Parenthood served about 90,000 patients and provided nearly 170,000 screenings for sexually transmitted diseases, more than 9,000 cervical cancer screenings and 11,000 breast wellness exams.

Despite opposition on the committee, the bill passed this morning by a 7-5 vote and it now moves to the full Senate for consideration. I will continue to fight this shameful attack on health care.

Opponents: PA Bill Would Defund Planned Parenthood

By Tony Romeo | April 26, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that opponents say is an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania.

Republican state Senator John Eichelberger indicates his bill would prioritize funding for women’s health to direct money to providers that offer more services than Planned Parenthood.

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Republican Introduces Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania

By Anna Orso | April 4, 2017

A GOP state senator from central Pennsylvania quietly introduced a bill in Harrisburg last week that, if passed, could decrease funding to Planned Parenthood centers across the state.

Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Blair, last week introduced Senate Bill 300, which prioritizes how Department of Human Services funds earmarked for family planning programs are allocated, starting with non-public hospitals and federally qualified health centers, and then to rural health clinics.

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Measure To Cut PA Planned Parenthood Funding Passes To Senate

By Katie Meyer | April 26, 2017

A bill that could potentially eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood facilities in Pennsylvania has passed a state Senate committee.

Sponsored by Republican Senator John Eichelberger, of Blair County, Senate Bill 300 would create a hierarchy for federal and state funding of family planning and women’s health services.

The memo for the measure says it prioritizes “conventional” healthcare. Eichelberger said that means clinics and hospitals that provide a wider range of services will get more money. Planned Parenthood, which provides services targeted at reproductive health, will get lowest priority.

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Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

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Philadelphia, PA 19131
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
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