We face a frontal assault by many in Congress on every woman's right to determine her own destiny and to access basic reproductive health-care services. Broad access to essential health care and preventive services, like breast health care, cervical cancer screenings, birth control and more are at risk.
Why? Because a growing number of our elected representatives don't respect or trust women. They will tell you it is to save money, but defunding Planned Parenthood and family planning services will lead to more unintended pregnancies, more abortions, more families with nowhere else to turn and much higher costs. Every public dollar spent on family planning services actually saves $4 in future costs — and saves our communities from higher rates of sexually transmitted infections, undetected cancer and other preventable health issues.
I believe we have reached a tipping point where the threat to all of us who truly value our freedom and our humanity, regardless of our political affiliation, compels us to act. Women across America have expressed their support for Planned Parenthood by signing petitions, calling their senators and sending their personal stories to Congress.