September 27th, 2011 – “We are outraged that U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is putting politics before women’s health with a politically motivated Congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide. This attack is intended to undermine Planned Parenthood’s ability to provide essential health care services to the women, men and teens who rely on them.
Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider that provides professional, reliable and quality health care across the state. For over 20 years, South Dakota’s families have relied on Planned Parenthood for primary and preventive care such as annual exams, birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
As a trusted health care provider, Planned Parenthood routinely works with government regulators, nonprofit foundation donors, and independent auditors to ensure compliance with all rules and regulations regarding any funding it receives. In the rare instance when an irregularity is discovered, it is taken seriously and handled swiftly and appropriately.
Last year, Planned Parenthood provided basic health care to nearly 64,000 women, men and teens in the region, the vast majority of whom live at or below the federal poverty level and are without health insurance. Politically motivated attacks such as these will only increase the burden for those who can least afford it.”
CONTACT: Jen Aulwes