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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswomen Kristi Noem (R-SD), Doris Matsui (D-CA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), and Susan Brooks (R-IN) along with 78 other female members of the House today introduced a bipartisan resolution to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health. Noem and Matsui serve as Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus. Frankel and Brooks serve as the Caucus’ Vice Co-Chairs.
During House debate on H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, Rep. Frankel took to the floor in opposition to the bill and to stand up for women's access to healthcare. The bill would defund Planned Parenthood for one year, blocking the 2.6 million Americans who seek care at Planned Parenthood each year from receiving that care, including lifesaving cancer screenings and STD tests. Below are Rep. Frankel's remarks as prepared for delivery:
"Madame Speaker, I rise in opposition to the Defund Planned Parenthood Act.
The House passed two abortion-related bills Friday, including one that would strip federal health-care funding from Planned Parenthood for one year, but it remains unclear whether the votes would appease conservatives who have threatened a government shutdown over the organization.
West Palm Beach, FL – Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22) Thursday held a press conference to rally support of Planned Parenthood in light of renewed Congressional attempts to defund the organization that, for nearly a century, has been a critical provider of essential preventative and lifesaving healthcare for men, women, and children.
“These continued attacks on Planned Parenthood are another spoke in the wheel that extremists are using to run over women in this country,” Frankel said. “We will continue to fight back so we never have to go back.”
Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22) made the following statement in response to the continued deceptive attacks on Planned Parenthood:
“This is yet another insidious effort by extremists to cut Planned Parenthood’s funding, which would result in blocking millions of women from accessing critical and lifesaving healthcare.”
Background: Planned Parenthood’s Services
In 2013, Planned Parenthood provided the following preventative services to 2.7 million women, men, and young people nationwide:
Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22) spoke out against H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation considered by the House of Representatives today would restrict women’s access to safe and legal abortion. Click here to watch the Congresswoman’s remarks on the House floor.
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, joined two Democratic Florida legislators in blasting Gov. Rick Scott and state House Republican leaders for refusing to accept $2.8 billion in federal Medicaid money.
“There are 800,000 Floridians who are not being included in our health care system. It is unfair and it’s inhumane. And it’s illogical…we’re refusing free money,” said Frankel, who was joined by state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, and House Minority Leader Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach.
On Tuesday — 11 days after Florida lawmakers passed a bill that requires a 24-hour waiting period for abortions — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel urged support for a federal bill that would nullify the bill and other abortion regulations imposed by states.
Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22) strongly opposes HB 633, which would take away women’s reproductive rights, and is calling on Governor Scott to veto this anti-choice legislation passed by the Florida Legislature.