SACRAMENTO – California Democratic Senior Strategist Shawnda Westly released the following statement before rallies planned across California on January 15-17 to support the Affordable Care Act and federal funding for Planned Parenthood:
“Republicans and their allies on the hard right have been obsessed with repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood for years, and they are closer than ever to using government power to take away health care from millions of families, women and children.
“The fact is that 3.8 million Californians now have health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, and the percentage of uninsured people has been cut in half. Every dollar of federal funding goes to Planned Parenthood’s primary services like cervical cancer screenings, treating sexually transmitted infections, sexual health programs, and breast exams.
"If they are successful, Republicans will target poor women, families, students, and working people who depend on the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood for basic health care.
“Saving health care for millions of Californians and families across the country is our first stand, and we won’t let Republicans take us backward.”