February 15, 2011
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) released the following statement in opposition to amendments eliminating family planning funding.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my opposition to the Pence amendment and efforts to eliminate the Title X family planning program.
Title X funding has connected millions of American women with essential health care since it was created forty years ago. Given that federal funds, including those provided through Title X funding, are already banned from being used for abortion service, the real impact of this proposal is that over 5 million Americans will lose access to health care services – including important preventive care, such as cancer screenings, annual exams, and contraception.
This is a time when we should be focused on creating jobs, helping middle-class families, and encouraging innovation, not restricting access to health care for millions of Americans.
Thank you Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to oppose these efforts to eliminate Title X funding, and I yield back the balance of my time.