Rob Portman’s extreme positions on women’s health care are no secret – he’s voted multiple times to defund Planned Parenthood and deny access to affordable health care for millions of women across the country. But this week, Senator Portman took things one step further during an interview on Fox Business when he suggested that some women’s health care services are not “legitimate” or “needed.”
CAVUTO: This effort, Senator, to defund Planned Parenthood, even if it means potentially shutting down the government, has gotten fairly nasty. Do you think it’s worth doing that?
PORTMAN: Well I think it’s worth continuing the fight to defund. Taxpayer dollars should not be going to Planned Parenthood. And as you know, I think our legislation makes a lot of sense. It says not only do you not send taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, but those tax dollars instead go to community health centers. There are a lot more of them than Planned Parenthood clinics – eight times more in the state of Ohio, for instance – and they can provide the women’s health needs that are legitimate, that are needed.”
Despite the fact that Planned Parenthood provides access to affordable health care services for 2.7 million patients annually – including nearly 81,000 Ohioans – Portman has taken it upon himself to decide that these basic health care services are neither legitimate nor necessary.
“Ohio’s women don’t need Rob Portman deciding which parts of their healthcare are ‘legitimate’ and ‘needed’ and his extreme out of step thinking reveals just how little he cares about standing up for the women of his state,” said Sadie Weiner, DSCC National Press Secretary. “Rob Portman already supported letting employers deny access to birth control for their employees, but now he’s decided he should get to choose whether a woman’s health care needs are ‘legitimate.’ Rob Portman’s anti-women’s health care positions are as shocking as they are dangerous and Ohio deserves better.”