Dems Cry Hypocrisy On Robert Dold’s Pro-Planned Parenthood Bill

The House Democrats’ electoral arm isn’t letting Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL) off the hook after he unveiled legislation Wednesday to protect federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

In a statement, the DCCC pointed out that Dold voted in February 2011 for a broad House appropriations measure that included a provision to strip all $317 million from family planning funding.

“Congressman Robert Dold just introduced a bill to protect Title X funding that he previously voted to eliminate,” read an advisory from the group. “Congressman Robert Dold has consistently sacrificed women’s health to push an extreme ideological agenda in line with the Tea Party and out of touch with Illinois families. Despite his attempt to paper over his record, Congressman Dold can’t hide his votes to terminate Title X funding and egregiously attack women’s access to life-saving procedures and preventative care.”

Dold has a mixed record on women’s health issues. In 2011 he was one of 7 Republicans to vote against a measure specifically aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood, but he has backed various efforts by his party to restrict access to abortion.

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