U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, the Democrat from Hawaii, took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to oppose a Republican bill to defund Planned Parenthood.
The GOP’s plan comes in the wake of anti-abortion group releasing videos claiming that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue.
The Senate was looking to take up the proposal next week, although it’s not clear if the GOP has the necessary votes.
Still, according to Hirono’s office, Planned Parenthood serves 2.7 million — including 7,000 in Hawaii — who rely on for primary health care.
“One in five women will visit a Planned Parenthood clinic in her lifetime for health care such as cancer screenings, disease testing, birth control, and other essential health care services,” says a press release.
Here’s an excerpt from Hirono’s remarks provided by her staff:
“I see this bill and others like it as nothing else than an assault on women’s health.
“What else can you call it when defunding Planned Parenthood will result in 2.7 million women in this country not getting the cervical cancer screenings, mammograms, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and other health care they need.”
Watch Senator Hirono’s floor speech here and below.
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