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September 12, 2012
BOSTON – The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF) sent a letter to Senator Scott Brown today that expressed their disappointment in his failure to exert a leadership role on women’s health and convince local Republican leaders to keep an extreme women’s health plank out of the Massachusetts Republican party platform. The plank was recently adopted by the National Republican Party at its convention in Tampa and is the most restrictive abortion platform in history. Although Senator Brown sent a letter to national GOP leadership asking them to “recognize the views of pro-choice Republicans” in the party platform, he quickly abandoned his advocacy around women’s health and said “it’s up to others now” to take action.
“Supporting women’s health isn’t as simple as labeling oneself pro-choice,” said Dianne Luby, President and CEO of PPAF. “Scott Brown needs to back up his campaign rhetoric and demonstrate that he will stand up for women’s health no matter what, not just when it’s politically convenient,” said Dianne Luby, PPAF President.
Brown’s record on women’s health issues is anything but consistent. In the past, Senator Brown has voted for measures that would create barriers to women’s health. Earlier this year, he sponsored and voted for legislation known as the Blunt Amendment that would have allowed employers and insurers to limit specific health care coverage based on religious or moral objections. This vague and harmful standard would have allowed an employer to refuse to provide coverage for birth control and any other essential or preventive health care service that he or she finds objectionable.
Scott Brown has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would threaten the health care of millions of women across the country who, thanks to this landmark health care legislation, will be able to access preventive care without co-pays. During budget debates last year, he also voted for HR1, a budget resolution that would have cut Title X and funding to Planned Parenthood and created other barriers to health care access.
A copy of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund’s letter to Senator Brown is available here.
The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund (PPAF) is the civic and political sister organization of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. Formed in 1984, PPAF believes that working within the political process is critical to advancing PPLM’s mission to increase access to sexual and reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education for women, men, and families across Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.pplmvotes.org.