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• “Let’s be clear, this is not about abortion. Existing restrictions prevent federal funding for abortion. This is about a direct attack on an organization that provides critical health services aimed largely at women in underserved communities throughout the country.” — Rep. Barbara Lee, California Democrat.

• “If you’re against abortion, be against abortion. But don’t take it out on Planned Parenthood because they serve abortion clients in a separate operation.” — Rep. Henry A. Waxman, California Democrat.

• “These [3 million] Americans [who use Planned Parenthood] cannot just go somewhere else, somewhere that my colleague on the other side of the aisle would find more palatable. Sixty percent of those who use Planned Parenthood services consider it to be their main source of health care, their medical home.” — Rep. Lois Capps, California Democrat.

• “I am a pro-life Democrat … If you prevent Planned Parenthood from providing advice and services on contraception, we know for a certainty, especially in the communities that they provide services to, we are going to have an increase in the number of abortions in this country. That is the natural consequence of what is on the table here in this amendment.” — Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Massachusetts Democrat.

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