A social media post from Republican Representative Trey Hollingsworth is causing controversy after the freshman congressman called to defund Planned Parenthood Monday.
Hollingsworth wrote, “Life is sacred no matter what stage. I am proud to remain steadfast in my commitment to life and will continue fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves.”
The post included statistics about the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood in Indiana. That information comes from the State Department of Health’s 2016 Terminated Pregnancy Report, which the agency released last week.
Communications Director for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Ali Slocum calls the post irresponsible and says Representative Hollingsworth should be focusing on the root causes of unintended pregnancies in his district.
“So Representative Hollingsworth wants to fight for the unborn, he makes reference to that on his social media posts, but the real question is why isn’t he fighting for the people who live in his district who are literally starving and living in extreme poverty?” she says.
Critics responded in the comments on Facebook and on Twitter:
Fed $ don't fund abortions & you know it! Stop playing to your base. Support affordable healthcare for women.— Anne Schmidt (@schmidt1_anne) July 11, 2017
Thank you for providing statistics on a woman's constitutionally protected right to choose.— Joe Betz (@Joe_Betz_) July 11, 2017
Fight for the born too, poor and all and you will see a reduction in abortions without trying to change womens' health laws.— Matt Bryan (@Mattt2K) July 11, 2017
Hollingsworth was not available for comment, but sent a statement:
“Every unborn life lost is a tragedy, and the unmistakable fact is that abortions performed at Planned Parenthood in Bloomington increased nearly 24 percent since last year. It is outrageous to think that an organization that facilitates the snatching of life from a child receives taxpayer dollars of any sort. I remain a steadfast supporter of life.”
According to state statistics, the number of abortions in Indiana decreased in 2016 compared to the previous year.
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