Washington (CNN) – Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, along with 19 other Democratic senators, penned a letter Wednesday in support of Vice President Joe Biden's effort to maintain government subsidies for Planned Parenthood in the final budget negotiations for the 2011 funding bill.
The group said a Republican-led proposal to de-fund the organization would harm the economy.
"This ideological agenda cloaked in a budget document isn't even good fiscal policy....As a matter of creating jobs and bolstering the economy, this rider would have the opposite effect: not only will health centers be forced to close but many uninsured women and their families also may go without care, become more ill, and be kept away from their jobs," the senators wrote.
Top Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, have proposed stripping more than $75 million in federal funding from Planned Parenthood because it offers abortion procedures. Planned Parenthood offers health care assistance to women in need and currently has the ability to use government subsidies in all services they provide, aside from abortion procedures.
While the partially-publicly funded organization is not permitted to use federal funds for abortion, proponents for de-funding say applying government money to other procedures frees up funds the organization receives from non-government sources to go toward providing abortion services.
Among the list of those who co-signed the letter seeking to preserve funding were: Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Barbara Boxer of California, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Dianne Feinstein of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Carl Levin of Michigan, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Charles Schumer of New York.
In the letter, the Democratic senators argued that prohibiting Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding would neither help in tackling the deficit, nor in creating jobs.
"It would instead effectively shut down health centers that serve three million women each year and provide nearly one million lifesaving screenings for cervical cancer, more than 830,000 breast exams and nearly four million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV," they wrote.
In response to the de-funding move, Moveon.org has partnered with the political action committee EMILY's List in a new effort to mobilize voters to speak out against what they view as "Republicans pursuing a very conservative, anti-woman agenda."
The joint venture, "Stop the War on Women," with MoveOn.org, a progressively liberal political action committee with over 5 million members, gives EMILY's list an opportunity to reach out to more Americans across the country.
EMILY's president Stephanie Schriock said the effort will bring attention to what they view as "a radical Republican agenda with clear attack on women and women's health."
"They promised to focus on jobs," Schriock said. "Instead, Republican leaders pulled a bait and switch on the American people. And they passed a budget so backwards, so punishing, and so unacceptable to women and families that we're fighting back."
Echoing a similar stance, the senators' letter stated, "Without the care Planned Parenthood provides – without access to Pap smears, pelvic exams and breast exams – women will die. That is not just a fiscal matter. That is a matter of conscience, and a question of who we are as Americans."
-CNN's National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report