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February 15, 2011

Bass Trades in Moderate Credentials to Wage War on Contraception

‘Fake Moderate’ abandons promise of a jobs agenda to attack access to birth control

Washington D.C. – Today, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, denounced U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) for abandoning his campaign promise to focus on jobs and the economy and joining the House leadership’s ill-conceived war on contraception.

"Today, Charlie Bass became a 'Great Pretender,' as the alleged moderate voted against an amendment to protect women's access to contraception,” Keenan said.  “Now that Rep. Bass has signed his name to the war on contraception, NARAL Pro-Choice America will ensure that voters are aware of his misguided priorities."

Today, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee debated an extreme anti-choice bill [H.R. 358] that, among other egregious provisions, allows hospitals to refuse abortion care to a woman even if her life depends on it.  Pro-choice committee members attempted to amend the bill to ensure that the legislation did not hamper states' abilities to ensure women's access to contraceptive coverage.  Rep. Bass voted against the amendment, and effectively helped to block its passage.

Later this week, the House will vote on legislation that would completely defund the nation’s domestic family-planning program – Title X – which provides millions of men and women access to contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic health care.  Keenan said that NARAL Pro-Choice America will be closely monitoring Rep. Bass to see how far he plans to take his attacks on contraception.

“If today’s vote is any indication, Rep. Bass has completely deserted his once moderate stance to join House leaders who are so extreme that they are expanding their attacks on abortion care to include attacks on birth control and family planning,” Keenan said.  “We call on Rep. Bass to seriously rethink his priorities, and assure him that NARAL Pro-Choice America will remind New Hampshire voters of his broken promises leading up to the 2012 election.”

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