Two Years Ago Today: Daines Tied Support for Health Care Repeal to Defunding Planned Parenthood 

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Two Years Ago Today: Daines Tied Support for Health Care Repeal to Defunding Planned Parenthood 
 

Helena, MT – Two years ago today, Senator Steve Daines touted his anti-choice bona fides by tying his support for the Affordable Care Act repeal effort to defunding Planned Parenthood. Despite Planned Parenthood serving roughly 10,000 patients in Montana a year, Daines was dead-set on gutting funding for these clinics which provide life-saving care for Montanans. 

The deal breaker for Daines on supporting the bill wasn’t that it undermined protections for those with pre-existing conditions or that it would gut Medicaid expansion, but access to reproductive health care. 

Daines has a well-documented history of seeking to block women’s access to health care. A vocal opponent of Roe v. Wade, Daines opposes abortion without exception for rape or incest, and has cosponsored ‘personhood’ legislation, which could outlaw some forms of birth control. 

“Steve Daines’ agenda is a threat to the freedoms and health of all Montana women,” said MDP Communications Advisor Christina Wilkes. “Every Montanan deserves to decide on the medical care they receive without interference from politicians – and they will reject Daines’ extreme beliefs come November.”

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