Sen. Hirono Voices Support for Healthcare, Planned Parenthood

August 28, 2017, 11:00 AM HST
* Updated August 29, 8:04 AM
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Sen. Hirono tours the new Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands’ new clinic in Honolulu on Aug. 25. Photo courtesy of Sen. Hirono’s office.

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono visited Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands’ (PPGNHI) new clinic in Honolulu on Aug. 25, voicing her continuing efforts to support women’s health care and healthcare statewide.

“Unrelenting Republican attacks on Planned Parenthood threaten to turn back the clock on decades of progress we’ve made on women’s health care,” said Sen. Hirono. “By providing access to affordable preventative health services, like cancer screenings, Planned Parenthood has served thousands of Hawai‘i residents and families. I will continue to fight to protect women’s health and our right to control our bodies.”

“In this political climate, we are incredibly grateful for the support of our patients, supporters, donors, and elected officials, like Sen. Mazie Hirono in Hawai‘i,” said Laurie Field, Hawai‘i public affairs manager at PPVNH. “People across the country need access to affordable, high-quality health care and Hawai‘i recognizes the value Planned Parenthood brings to the state. Congressional Republican leadership is determined to roll back progress, but Hawai‘i remains a leader in health care and is making long-term investments in the critical services we provide through the purchase of a new building for our new health center in downtown Honolulu.”

According to a news release from Hirono’s office, the senator has led efforts to continue federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The national program provides millions of Americans with access to contraceptive services, sexually transmitted infection (STI) and cancer screenings, well-woman visits, and other health services.

“Reducing federal funding for Planned Parenthood would threaten access to critical services for hundreds of thousands of low-income women around the country who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers,” the news release said.


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