Just days after voicing her support for Planned Parenthood on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins flip flopped on her stance and voted to strip the organization of $500 million in federal funding.
“Susan Collins continues to prove that when it really matters, she can’t be trusted to do what’s right for Maine women,” said Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett. “Her vote against Planned Parenthood directly contradicts her words of support for the organization and all that it does to promote and protect the health of Maine women. Susan Collins’ vote proves her allegiance to the Republican Party is more important than standing up for her constituents.”
An online article by Elle Magazine today blasted Senator Collins for her vote to defund Planned Parenthood. Sen. Susan Collins said that “the best way to reduce the number of abortions in this country is to ensure that women have access to family-planning services.” And then she decided not to #StandwithPP.
During the 2014 campaign, Susan Collins’ campaign went into overdrive to clarify her support of family-planning services. A video released by the campaign tried to re-write history on Collins’ previous vote (HR1) to defund Planned Parenthood by attacking her then-opponent, Shenna Bellows.
“Her vote is another example of Susan Collins saying one thing and doing another,” continued Bartlett. “She can’t have it both ways when it comes to doing what’s right for Maine women and their health.”