Murkowski opposes Planned Parenthood, Title X cuts
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has come out in opposition to the House’s attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, making her the first Republican senator to do so.
“I believe Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with their funding cuts in the bill,” Murkowski wrote in a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Vice Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). “I ask you to consider these programs going forward to determine if there is room for allowing continued funding.”
In an e-mail to a constituent, Murkowski expanded on her position, also taking shots at the House Republicans’ attempts to end funding for Title X, the only federal program dedicated to reproductive health issues.