A message to Pete Sessions about Planned Parenthood

In front of Pete Sessions’ Washington office in April 2017


From Congressman Pete Sessions TX32ima@mail.house.gov


Dear Dr. David Anderson Haymes,

Thank you for contacting me in support of women’s health services. I appreciate you taking the time to express your thoughts on this deeply personal issue.

Providing access to free and low-cost healthcare is an important part of our healthcare system, particularly in many areas of Texas. Through the Title X Family Planning Program, Congress provides federal funding to millions of low-income women for critically important healthcare services. This funding is a necessity for many of these providers and clinics to keep their doors open. I fully support the funding of more than 13,000 federally-qualified community health centers, which outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics 20 to 1 nationally. These clinics provide not only low-cost access to healthcare for women, but men and children as well.

As you know, policy related to federal funding of abortion is a fundamentally and historically controversial topic. Federal dollars have not been spent on abortions since the first passage of the Hyde Amendment in 1976. I believe that current law should remain intact to protect taxpayers from having their dollars spent on services that violate their moral values.

Again, thank you again for contacting me regarding access to women’s health services. Please continue to keep me updated on the issues that matter to you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at Sessions.LegStaff@mail.house.gov. I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Pete Sessions
Member of Congress

From: David Haymes [dahaymes@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:44 AM
To: ‘Sessions.LegStaff@mail.house.gov’

Subject: A reply to your letter: Planned Parenthood is not the enemy and provides services community health centers do not

Dear Congressman Sessions,

Paul Ryan got 2 Pinocchios for making the same claim you make. The community health centers are not required to see the indigent or offer family planning. The need for Planned Parenthood exists and as you say no Federal funds are used for  abortion services, that account for less than 3% of Planned Parenthood Services. This is a diverse country. Planned Parenthood is not a threat to you or your constituents. Let it rest and get on to bigger issues – taxes, infrastructure, Russian meddling, gerrymandering, healthcare, and our bloated military budget.

David Haymes M.D.

click below to see Ryan’s statements

Ryan disingenuous on Planned Parenthood

From Congressman Pete Sessions TX32ima@mail.house.gov

Thank you for replying. Unfortunately, the mailbox (TX32ima@mail.house.gov) you are responding to does not accept incoming mail.

Too bad. You should open ALL avenues for your constituents to contact you. You should attend the mail box you send from…so you can “LISTEN” to your constituents.

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