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Los Angeles City Council votes to oppose efforts to defund Planned Parenthood

August 18, 2015 | Abortion, Healthcare Watch
Los Angeles City Council

In a clear and powerful message of support for women’s health, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to oppose any efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

The resolution, passed by the City Council Tuesday morning, reiterates a position previous LA City Councils have taken in support of the services provided by Planned Parenthood.

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“As national political candidates shamelessly threaten important health care services for families, we thought it was important to show a strong message of support for Planned Parenthood here in Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Mike Bonin, who was a co-author of the resolution. “We support the safe and affordable health care services that Planned Parenthood provides nearly 150,000 women and men in LA, we support the education and outreach programs that Planned Parenthood provides teens, and we support the life-saving and cutting-edge research Planned Parenthood helps conduct.”

"I stand with Planned Parenthood because for many people, including many of my constituents, Planned Parenthood is the primary healthcare provider in their lives," said Councilmember Nury Martinez, the resolution's other co-author. "When Congress talks about the federal defunding of Planned Parenthood, they are talking about removing services for both men and women, young and old, not only for family planning but also for preventative care services such as cancer screenings and breast exams."

The Council resolution was co-authored by Councilmembers Bonin and Martinez and seconded by Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Paul Koretz, Curren Price Jr. and Herb Wesson. Once signed by Mayor Garcetti, the resolution will allow City representatives in Washington D.C. to formally advocate against any efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

Read the resolution here.

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