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Rehberg's opposition to Title X funding speaks clearly

Rehberg's opposition to Title X funding speaks clearly

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Recently there's been confusion regarding a video depicting Montana cancer survivor Lisa Jones and her statement that Rep. Denny Rehberg voted to eliminate funding for breast cancer screenings. The Rehberg campaign refutes that statement. However, a guest column by Jones published in the July 24 Missoulian clears up the controversy by explaining that the Kalispell clinic where she received her screening, responsible for early detection of her cancer, was funded by Title X.

Title X is an effective federal program for low-income women that pays for breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings. Early detection is critical in breast cancer treatment. Women's lives depend on it.

Jones correctly states that Rehberg voted to eliminate funding for Title X in the 2011 House budget proposal. In fact, Rehberg continues to strive to eliminate funding of Title X. Although Rehberg purports to support breast cancer screenings for women, right now as chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee, he is pushing to eliminate Title X funding.

The facts beyond the rhetoric are clear. Rehberg's actions to defund Title X speak louder than his words. In contrast, Jon Tester has continuously supported Title X funding.

Patti Steinmuller

Gallatin Gateway

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