Congressman Sires’ Statement on Senate Vote to Limit Women’s Access to Health Care
(Washington, D.C.)- Congressman Sires released the following statement on Senate passage of H.J. Res. 43 to reduce access to Title X (family planning) services:
“Last month the House jeopardized the health care of millions of women by voting to repeal a regulation that ensures that patients can access family planning and preventive services through any Title X- qualified provider. Now the Senate, with a last minute assist from Vice President Pence, has passed the same resolution to shamelessly restrict women’s access to health care. The rule in question was originally created by President Obama because several states began restricting certain providers, like Planned Parenthood, from the Title X program for reasons other than their ability to provide care.
Title X is a critical program that assists health centers across the nation in providing a broad range of family planning and preventive health services, including breast and cervical cancer screenings. Republicans and the Administration have expressed their support for increased access to health care yet, they continue on their ideological crusade to ensure that the women who need it the most are denied the necessary health care.”