In fiscally conservative times, are women's services in jeopardy?

March 7, 2011

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Protesters are fighting against proposed cuts to Planned Parenthood.

As the state and federal governments rework their budgets, legislators tack on proposed spending cuts. So who bears the brunt of fiscally conservative times? Some say women do.

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a measure that would eliminate all federal funding for Planned Parenthood. An estimated one in five women will visit a Planned Parenthood clinic in their lifetime.

Meanwhile, here in Illinois, the American Civil Liberties Union is fighting newly-proposed legislation it believes would restrict women’s access to healthcare. Executive Director of the ACLU of Illinois Colleen Connell talked to Eight Forty-Eight about the fight to fund women's healthcare. She's also the former director of its Reproductive Rights Project.