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January 18, 2011

Statement on Efforts to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the upcoming vote to repeal the health-care law signified a major setback for women’s reproductive-health care.

“The health-care law includes the promise of prenatal care and the possibility of no-cost birth control for all women,” Keenan said. “Although imperfect, specifically with regards to its abortion-coverage restrictions, this landmark law could positively impact women’s lives for generations to come. It is unbelievable that John Boehner and his allies want to be known as the politicians who voted to take away prenatal care and contraception from women.”

In addition to the vote on a full repeal, Boehner also scheduled a vote on a separate resolution urging committees to make changes to health-care laws, which could include a Stupak-like ban on abortion coverage.

“The new House leadership wants to open the door to more political interference in our personal, private decisions—and that agenda is out of touch with our country’s priorities and values,” Keenan said.

Keenan said her organization already had mobilized its activist base in opposition to the repeal effort and would continue to educate Americans about other attempts by the new House leadership to further interfere in the doctor-patient relationship.

Please visit our website for more information about Boehner’s record on choice and his plans to attack choice.

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