(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement on news that officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) closely coordinated with an identified hate group on policies designed to prevent Planned Parenthood from serving Medicaid patients.
“This is another clear and alarming sign that President Trump is more concerned with following a far-right ideological agenda than with protecting women’s health care needs. We should be focused on making it easier for women to get the care they need, not harder. We should be basing our policies on evidence and expertise, not extreme and dangerous ideologies. This isn’t hard—listen to women, listen to experts, listen to evidence. It’s concerning that President Trump continues to listen to extremists instead.”