Sen. King stands with Planned Parenthood in speech from Senate floor

While Senator Susan Collins is receiving criticism for her vote to defund Planned Parenthood on Monday, Maine’s junior senator, independent Angus King, has made his position clear in favor of continued public funding for reproductive health care.

“Ninety seven percent of the activities of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its associated facilities have nothing to do with abortion. They have to do with women’s health,” said Senator King in a press release and speech from the Senate floor. “They have to do with cancer screening. They have to do with contraception. They have to do with early detection. The three percent that do involve abortion have no involvement whatsoever with federal funds. This is not a case where federal funds are going to support abortion or any of the related activities. The net effect of this bill is simply to deny basic health care, including contraception, to millions of women, particularly low-income women. I hope my colleagues will move on, debate the real issues, and oppose this ill-founded and, I believe, unsupported piece of legislation.”

The bill to defund Planned Parenthood was defeated after it failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Democratic filibuster, but other legislation with the same purpose is likely to come up again in the Republican-controlled Congress.

People in Maine and across the country have seen this for what it is — a political attack on women by a group of out-of-touch politicians. We thank Senator King for standing with Planned Parenthood and the more than 10,000 patients we serve every year,” said  Nicole Clegg, Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, following the vote. “We know that this won’t be the last time Congress attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, with some already threatening a government shutdown in order to block millions from getting basic health care.”

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