By Liz Benjamin
Sen. Liz Krueger has written to House Speaker John Boehner to express dismay over the GOP push to eliminate federal funding for reproductive health providers such as Planned Parenthood, (which has come under particular scrutiny of late), calling the effort “ideological” and “backwards.”
Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, had 22 colleagues sign on to the letter, warning what’s going on in Congress is a harbinger of what’s to come at the state level.
“We must unite and speak up now to show that this blatant disregard for women’s health should not be accepted on the Federal level and will not be accepted in New York,” Krueger said.
“We are suddenly finding ourselves fighting for the same rights we fought to secure 30 years ago. Not all women may remember the time when there was no coverage for reproductive health. But let me assure you, it’s not a time we want to revisit.”
“We can no longer assume that what we’ve come to take as basic rights will be protected by others. As mothers, grandmothers, husbands and fathers we must come together to show that we will not move back in time and forfeit our rights.”
This is the first is a series of steps Krueger plans to take in the near future to organize pro-choice lawmakers against the movement to reduce access to abortion services – particularly at taxpayer expense.
On Saturday, Feb. 26, the senator will join Planned Parenthood, Family Planning Advocates and other advocacy groups and elected officials at Foley Square for a “Stand Up For Women’s Health Rally.”