Congressman Tim Ryan Defends Planned Parenthood Funding

Sep 18, 2015 Issues: Health Care

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement after voting against the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (HR 3134):

I am extremely disappointed that Congressional Republicans have yet again prioritized politics over governing. Today’s actions to defund Planned Parenthood are a slap in the face and a harmful assault on the 2.7 million women and men across the country and 56,939 in Ohio rely on these centers for women’s heath exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, birth control and advice on family planning.

The Akron Planned Parenthood alone sees 7,100 patients a year, most of whom are young and poor. Akron’s clinicians administer 3,400 pregnancy tests, write 2,900 prescriptions for birth control and provide 13,200 screenings for STIs. Under NO circumstances should we be politicizing an organization that does so much for those most in need right here in our community.

Ohio’s infant mortality rate is 23% higher than the national average, with 6 infant deaths per 1000 births among white families and 13.8 deaths per 1,000 births among black families. These statistics are tragic, and there is no question that we need to do more for the reproductive health of our state. Congressional Republicans should be ashamed of themselves today.