• Press Release

Heller Goes Back on Word (Again), This Time Smearing Planned Parenthood

August 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican Senator Dean Heller isn’t just breaking promises to protect Nevadans’ health care, now he’s smearing Planned Parenthood.

In a radio interview yesterday, Heller said, “They [Planned Parenthood] use those dollars for two purposes. One is to perform abortions, and number two, they use it to run ads against people that are conservative. And I don’t think federal dollars should be used by Planned Parenthood to run ads against their political enemies.”

Previously, Heller claimed to support Planned Parenthood.

EMILYs List Executive Director Emily Cain released the following statement:

“Republican Senator Dean Heller is peddling in right-wing lies to smear Planned Parenthood, which provides critical care to thousands of Nevadans every year.

“Whether it’s breaking his promises to protect their health care or bragging about defunding Planned Parenthood, Nevada women will hold Dean Heller accountable for his dishonesty by electing a true ally, Jacky Rosen, in his place.”

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