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January 19, 2011

Statement on Anti-Choice Lawmakers’ Vote to Deny Prenatal Care and Promise of No-Cost Birth Control to Women

Washington, D.C. – Following the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said that today’s actions represented a huge setback for women’s reproductive-health care.

“The health-care law includes prenatal care and the promise of no-cost birth control for all women,” Keenan said. “Although imperfect, specifically with regards to its abortion-coverage restrictions, this landmark law would 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.”

One day after voting to repeal the health-care law, anti-choice lawmakers, including Reps. Chris Smith of New Jersey and Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania, are expected to introduce anti-choice legislation that seeks to further interfere in women’s private health decisions.

“These anti-choice politicians are out of touch with Americans’ values and priorities,” Keenan said. “These same lawmakers voted to repeal a health-care law that provides prenatal care and the promise of no-cost birth control to women.  Now, they want to make it even harder for women to purchase private health insurance that includes abortion coverage with their own money. Their hypocrisy is astounding.  It seems that they’re fine with government intrusion, as long as it involves interfering in women’s personal, private decisions.”

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.

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