Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman added her voice to other prominent Republicans calling on congressional members of their party to retain federal funding for Planned Parenthood and not make it a casualty of efforts to reduce federal spending.
In an op-ed piece in the Bergen Record, Whitman, who also was EPA administrator during the George W. Bush Administration, uses the word "hijack" to describe what she believes some in her party are up to. An excerpt:
As a former governor, I understand that this country faces a growing deficit and we must exercise fiscal discipline. As a Republican, I also understand that women, no matter their party affiliation, are concerned about the health of their mothers, their daughters and their sisters.
That's why I am concerned that social conservatives are trying to hijack the budget process to include proposals that would wipe out access to family planning, HIV testing and counseling and breast and cervical cancer screening for millions of American women.
Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine have also recently said publicly that they oppose the House GOP's proposed cuts of Planned Parenthood's funding.
The Title X Family Planning Program is currently funded at $317 million, money that would disappear if House Republicans' are successful.