Foster Tours Planned Parenthood Facility, Calls For Continued Funding
Aurora, IL –On Friday, October 2, 2015, Congressman Bill Foster toured the Planned Parenthood of Illinois Aurora Health Center in Aurora, Illinois. Foster toured the facility with Yolanda Valadez, Regional Director of Health Center Operations, and Carole Brite, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, to learn more about the essential health services they provide. Recently, Foster voted against legislation blocking Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding.
On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, a majority of Republicans voted to shut down the government over funding Planned Parenthood. Representatives of DuPage County, where the Aurora clinic is located, split their votes.
“We hear a lot of heated, and often false rhetoric from politicians in Washington, but the truth is Planned Parenthood provides access to essential health services for millions of women. Touring the facility today gave me an opportunity to get past the rhetoric and learn about the care they provide for women in our community,” Foster said. “I will continue to stand with Planned Parenthood against partisan attacks and oppose efforts to cut funding for their facilities.”
“We are so grateful to have Congressman Bill Foster stand with women in Illinois,” said Carole Brite, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Illinois. “Congressman Foster lives very close to one of our most targeted health centers in the state, and has been a longtime champion of support.”
Nationally, Planned Parenthood provides cancer screenings to over 900,000 women annually, including over 16,000 screenings for women in Illinois. Local independent Planned Parenthood affiliates operate approximately 700 health centers throughout the United States that serve 2.7 million people – men and women – annually. An estimated one in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood health center at least once in her life.
After failing to remove the organization’s funding, Republican leadership in the House of Representatives announced they will establish a select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood, spending more taxpayer money on partisan attacks. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that permanently defunding Planned Parenthood would increase Federal spending by $130 million over 10 years.