Rep. Daryl Metcalfe will introduce legislation tomorrow which would defund Planned Parenthood. This bill would jeopardize the health care of thousands of Pennsylvanians. For many women Planned Parenthood is their only source for health care, for cancer screenings, pap smears, mammograms, contraception, std tests, among other treatments and tests. One in five American women use Planned Parenthood at some time in their lives. The attempt to eliminate all funding for our services follows last year’s attack on our abortion services.
Extremists want to destroy Planned Parenthood and leave women without access to medical care. Please contact your State Representative and demand they support Planned Parenthood.
Disclosure: I am a Board member of Planned Parenthood Association of Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates and Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC.
Update: The statement from Planned Parenthood:
Metcalfe Introduces Bill to Eliminate Planned Parenthood Funds for Cancer Screening and Preventive Care
“Politics has no place interfering with breast cancer screenings,” Planned Parenthood says.
HARRISBURG, PA – At a press conference sponsored by out of state political organizations, Representative Daryl
Metcalfe will introduce a bill intended to disqualify Planned Parenthood from receiving any funds from the
Pennsylvania Department of Health for preventive services including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings,
STD screenings and treatment including for HIV, infertility screenings and treatment, and birth control education and
supplies. State and federal law prohibit public funds from paying for abortions in Pennsylvania.
Statement from Sari Stevens, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates:
“In these difficult economic times, it’s disappointing some politicians in Harrisburg would rather block women’s
access to cancer screenings, birth control, and annual exams than address the real needs of the
Commonwealth. Women and families need high quality, affordable health care, not more political meddling.
“Planned Parenthood won’t let politics interfere with the health care that one in five women in America relies on
at some point in her life. Planned Parenthood health centers are open in Pennsylvania today, and they’ll be open
tomorrow. Women are counting on us to protect their cancer screenings, birth control and basic, preventive care
– and we will fight for them.”
Statement from Candice, a Planned Parenthood patient from Philadelphia:
“When Daryl Metcalfe talks about defunding Planned Parenthood, he’s talking about denying people like me
healthcare. People who constantly balance health care costs with paying the bills. I use Planned Parenthood for
my annual exam – which includes cancer screenings – because it is the provider I can afford and access and trust.
Without Planned Parenthood, millions of people like me would have nowhere else to turn.”
FACT: In 2011, Planned Parenthood provided over 44,000 breast wellness exams, 200,000 STD tests, and 40,000
cervical cancer screenings – detecting over 5,000 abnormal pap tests which if untreated can lead to cancer.
FACT: The “Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priorities Act” is expected to eliminate Planned Parenthood from
funding to provide affordable birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment for lowincome patients through Department of Health programs.
FACT: Each year, Planned Parenthood’s 42 nonprofit health centers in Pennsylvania care for more than 120,000 men
FACT: There is overwhelming public support for state funding for Planned Parenthood. A February Susquehanna
Polling and Research survey shows that 65 percent of Pennsylvania voters and a majority from every region of the
state and of every political party support state funding for Planned Parenthood’s preventive services.