PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Organization Rates State Legislators
As part of its Responsible Choices Action campaign, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California released a scorecard this week rating the reproductive health care voting records of state legislators during the 1999 legislative session. In addition to monitoring votes on contraception and abortion, Planned Parenthood scored legislators on their sex education, prenatal care and preventive health services votes. "This scorecard will enable Californians to closely examine their legislator's voting record and compare it to their campaign promises," said Katherine Kneer, CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. Forty-five state legislators earned a perfect 100% score from Planned Parenthood; 28 bottomed out with a zero percent rating. "While we made great progress this year in expanding access to contraception and medically accurate sex education, the anti-choice and anti- family planning extremists continue to exert strong pressure on legislators," Kneer said, adding, "We thank legislators who consistently voted to support responsible choices -- choices that promote the health and well-being of an individual, a family, a community and our society." The scorecard is available on the PPAC Web site, at http://www.ppacca.org (PPAC release, 11/1).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.