It seems that the Senate Republican's are being a little more rational than the House was with regards to title X (planned parenthood) funding. In today's news from National Partnership for Women and Families, the following was stated:
"In a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Vice Chair Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Ala.) wrote, "I believe Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with their funding cuts in the bill. ... I ask you to consider these programs going forward to determine if there is room for allowing continued funding."
In a separate e-mail to a constituent, Murkowski wrote, "I do believe that Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with its funding cuts contained in the H.R. 1 package." She added, "From 2002-2008, Planned Parenthood received $342 million in federal taxpayer money through Title X funding alone. With these funds, Planned Parenthood has provided women throughout the U.S. with important family planning and contraceptive services as well as screening for breast and cervical cancers for low-income women. I believe it is important that Title X organizations continue to receive funding."
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) last week also announced her opposition to eliminating Title X (Politico, 3/11)."
We need to keep fighting this as it hasn't been voted on yet. Continue to contact your elected officials, continue to spread the word and raise awareness, continue to take a stand for access to reproductive health care.