WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) made the following statement about her appointment to the Republicans’ Select Committee to Attack Women’s Health.

“This Select Committee to Attack Women’s Health is part of an obsessive vendetta that Republicans have. On their first day in power as a majority in 2011, Republicans introduced H.R. 1, a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. They have introduced bills attacking women’s health with a vengeance ever since, and earlier this year they threatened to shut down the government unless we de-fund Planned Parenthood. Now they’ve set up a Select Committee with no apparent purpose but to spend millions of taxpayer dollars demonizing Planned Parenthood. We have to make sure the public gets the truth: That 2.7 million women and men a year use Planned Parenthood for health services like cancer screenings, pap smears, and STD tests, and those services save lives. Rest assured I will fight to make sure the needs of millions of people who use Planned Parenthood and are often ignored in this ideological debate—people whose lives will be deeply affected by the outcome—will be heard.”