With Government Shutdown Looming, Dold’s Failed Record on Women’s Health Is No Comfort to Illinois


Republican Presidential Primary Debate shines spotlight on the dangerous, extreme views shared by Congressman Bob Dold’s fellow Republicans  

Deerfield, IL – As a possible government shutdown looms in the near future, the 10th District of Illinois cannot be sure how its Congressman, Republican Bob Dold, will vote.  Wednesday’s Presidential Primary Debate displayed the GOP’s disturbing and dangerous views towards Planned Parenthood:

  • Carly Fiorina compared Planned Parenthood to Iran;
  • Governors Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Scott Walker proudly touted their record of defunding Planned Parenthood; and 
  • Senator Ted Cruz actually referred to Planned Parenthood as a “criminal enterprise.”

More frighteningly, Congressman Dold himself has failed to stand up for Planned Parenthood in Congress.  In 2011, he voted to defund the organization that provides health care for millions of America’s women and men.1

As the nation braces for potentially another unnecessary and economically hurtful government shutdown, many are left wondering what Dold will do and why.  The concerns over Planned Parenthood come on the heels of revelations that Bob Dold has signed a secret contract with national Republicans – a contract that includes unknown legislative promises in exchange for “access and mountains of campaign cash.”2

“Bob Dold had the chance to put women’s health ahead of party politics, and he failed,” said Democrat Brad Schneider.  “In Congress, I will always, always stand up for women’s health and Planned Parenthood.  Period.”

Brad Schneider is a staunch supporter of a woman’s right to choose and had an A+ rating from NARAL and Planned Parenthood during his time in Congress.

1 Bob Dold voted with Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood. [HR 1, Vote #147, 2/19/11]
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