NHDP - Kelly Ayotte Highlights Importance Of Critical Women’s Health Services

Concord, N.H. – Yesterday, Kelly Ayotte tweeted a reminder that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, highlighting the importance of the critical women’s health services that Ayotte herself has repeatedly voted to defund.
Planned Parenthood provides thousands of New Hampshire women with breast and cervical cancer screenings, in addition to exams that can increase the chance of early detection of ovarian cancer, which can make a huge difference in treatment. Despite the critical health services they provide, Ayotte has voted three times to defund Planned Parenthood, and has also voted to eliminate funding for thousands of family planning centers across the country.
“Kelly Ayotte is correct that we need to raise awareness about the importance of women’s health services, but the problem is that Ayotte has repeatedly voted to defund those very same services,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Lizzy Price. “The fact that Ayotte clearly understands the importance of the critical health services that Planned Parenthood provides makes her three votes to defund Planned Parenthood even more appalling.”
Regular Physical And Pelvic Exams Increase The Chance Of Early Detection Of Ovarian Cancer. “How is ovarian cancer diagnosed? Regular physical and pelvic exams increase the chance of early detection, because health care providers can check for tenderness and swelling. Blood tests, abdominal ultrasounds, MRIs, biopsies, and other tests can be used to diagnose or rule out ovarian cancer.” [PlannedParenthood.org, Accessed 9/2/15]
Mar. 2011: Ayotte Voted For Republican Continuing Resolution That Eliminated Title X Funding And Blocked Funding For Planned Parenthood. According to the National Women’s Law Center, the Republican continuing resolution, which Ayotte voted for, “Eliminates Funding for the Title X Family Planning Program, Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Planned Parenthood H.R. 1 eliminates funding for the Title X program, which for more than 40 years has provided family planning services, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and other preventive health care to low-income women in need. Title X-funded health centers serve more than five million low-income women and men each year, and six in 10 women who obtain health care from a family planning center consider it to be their primary source of health care.” [National Women’s Law Center, 3/30/11; H.R. 1, Vote 36, 3/9/11]
  • Title X Program Funded Nearly 4,200 Family Planning Centers That Served About 4.5 Million Clients Per Year And Provided Broad Range Of Contraceptive Methods And Counseling, Breast And Cervical Cancer Screenings, Pregnancy Testing And Counseling, And STD Treatment And Screening. “For more than 40 years, Title X family planning centers have provided high quality and cost-effective family planning and related preventive health services for low-income women and men. Family planning centers play a critical role in ensuring access to voluntary family planning information and services for their clients based on their ability to pay. Family planning centers offer a broad range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods and related counseling; as well as breast and cervical cancer screening; pregnancy testing and counseling; screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs); HIV testing; and other patient education and referrals. […] The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs (OPA) oversees the Title X program. OPA funds a network of nearly 4,200 family planning centers which serve about 4.5 million clients a year. Services are provided through state, county, and local health departments; community health centers; Planned Parenthood centers; and hospital-based, school-based, faith-based, other private nonprofits.” [Department of Health & Human Services, Accessed 8/7/15]
Apr. 2011: Ayotte Again Voted To Bar Use Of Funds For Planned Parenthood. [H.Con.Res. 36, Vote 60, 4/14/11]
Aug. 2015: Ayotte Voted A Third Time To Prohibit Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood.  [S. 1881, Vote 262, 8/3/15]