August 11, 2015
OLYMPIA, Wash. – “The continuing deceptive attacks on Planned Parenthood cloud the long-term benefits that this organization provides in Washington state as well as the rest of the nation.
In Washington state, Planned Parenthood’s 35 health centers reach more than 107,000 patients, many of them low-income. Without Planned Parenthood, many would likely receive no care at all.
Planned Parenthood also works to make sure that insurance companies in Washington state provide the free preventive services and maternity benefits guaranteed to women under the Affordable Care Act. My office is following up with insurers this fall on their progress in providing the proper information.
Besides family planning assistance, 95 percent of Planned Parenthood’s work in the state covers other services. These include:
- Cancer screenings.
- Exams for sexually transmitted disease to prevent and contain them from spreading.
- Detection and prevention of other illnesses and diseases.
Congressional opponents of Planned Parenthood are likely to try again in September to eliminate funding. They say the money and care provided can quickly shift to other organizations – ones favored by the opponents.
But the state Department of Health says such a change would be disruptive to the individuals and families whom Planned Parenthood serves. Opponents of Planned Parenthood again are not being upfront about the consequences.
False and deceptive claims should not be allowed to disrupt the public funding of this vital health care organization. I am proud of my longtime association with Planned Parenthood. I will continue to strongly support its work on behalf of millions of Americans, including many in our state.”
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Release No. 15-38