Last week, the DSCC asked to know where vulnerable Senators stand on Republicans’ latest effort to defund Planned Parenthood. It didn’t take long for Rob Portman to throw his support behind the plan, choosing to side with House extremists instead of Ohio women. When asked whether he would support the latest gambit, Portman said that if defunding Planned Parenthood was in the legislation, he “would be in favor of that.”
Considering Portman’s recent suggestion that he will decide which women’s health care services are “legitimate” and “needed”, his willingness to go to any length to defund Planned Parenthood is hardly a surprise.
“Rob Portman already thinks he should be able to determine whether women’s health care is ‘legitimate’ or ‘needed,’ and after voting four times to defund Planned Parenthood, it’s no surprise that he is a loud cheerleader the newest effort to defund the organization that provides affordable health care for Ohio women,” DSCC Communications Director Sadie Weiner said. “Rob Portman is clear that he would rather play political games than stand up for women’s healthcare, and Ohio deserves better.”
PORTMAN HAS VOTED TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD AT LEAST FOUR TIMES
- Continuing Resolution Blocked Funding To Planned Parenthood. “Eliminates Funding for the Title X Family Planning Program, Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Planned Parenthood H.R. 1 eliminates funding for the Title X program, which for more than 40 years has provided family planning services, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and other preventive health care to low-income women in need. Title X-funded health centers serve more than five million low-income women and men each year, and six in 10 women who obtain health care from a family planning center consider it to be their primary source of health care.” [National Women’s Law Center, 3/30/11]