FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dianne Curry, Democrat, called on her opponent for Congress in 2016 to stop playing politics with Planned Parenthood.
“Under H.R. 3945, states would be allowed to deny Medicaid reimbursements for non-abortion related care. Planned Parenthood provides nearly 3,000 cancer screenings to women every day. This includes Arkansans who are mothers, sisters and daughters. My opponent, French Hill, voted to put Arkansas women at risk. These games that the politicians play in Washington, D.C. is why Americans are tired. We need to remember what that foundation of this country is …. it’s not We The Politicians but WE THE PEOPLE. As a member of Congress, I am never going to put Arkansans at risk either financially or with their health,” said Curry.
Curry said the services Planned Parenthood provide are key to a healthier Arkansas.
“I have had young Arkansas women tell me that thanks to Planned Parenthood they were able to get mammograms and other life-saving services that made them healthier members of the work force and society. The cold, hard fact is that a vote to defund Planned Parenthood is a vote to limit women’s access to cancer screenings, contraceptives, and all the other important services Planned Parenthood provides. These baseless attacks that House Republicans made on Planned Parenthood is the same script they used to smear and attack ACORN which started here in Arkansas. Americans deserve better than these games that Republican politicians play. For many women, Planned Parenthood is their preferred medical provider. One in five American women will go to Planned Parenthood for services at some point in their lives. Defunding Planned Parenthood and reducing the number of providers available for will reduce women’s access to care, pure and simple. To put it another way, the demand for care would still exist, but there would be fewer providers to provide care. And for many women, Planned Parenthood may be the only provider where they can seek medical help. Republican politicians are trying to eliminate their access to Planned Parenthood health centers. That is just wrong and one of the many reasons I am running for Congress. As a member of Congress, I will always fight to make sure women’s access to critical health care needs are protected,” said Curry.
Curry was elected to the Little Rock School Board in 2006 where she served three terms, which included a term as President of the LR School Board. She retired from state government after 27 years of service in education and the public audit of banks. She had served under various Arkansas Governors on different commissions and most recently was appointed to the Arkansas Division of Volunteerism by Governor Huckabee and reappointed by Governor Beebe. Curry now works with small business owners and families as a tax consultant.
Curry has served as a public school mentor and has been honored with the Little Rock PTA Council Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been involved with the Urban League of Little Rock and the Little Rock chapter of the NAACP.
A native of Malvern she now lives with her daughter and grandson in Little Rock. She’s an active member of Union A.M.E. Church in Little Rock.
You can learn more about Dianne at https://DianneCurry.com/