Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released a statement following the Senate’s procedural vote on the Graham bill:
“I am a pro-life Democrat, which means I support women and children before and after birth. I have fought against multiple Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and have advocated for funding for contraception (Title X). I have also taken the lead in opposing Republican schemes to decimate Medicaid and Republican budgets that substantially cut programs like the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
This evening, I voted for the Graham bill as I have in the past. I will continue to do all I can to stop dangerous efforts by Washington Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood and decimate Medicaid. Seventy-seven percent of Planned Parenthood patients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy and Planned Parenthood serves one in three of all patients seeking contraceptive care at a publicly-funded health care provider. Medicaid pays for nearly half of all births in the nation.”