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February 22, 2011

Hayworth, Gibson Wage War on Contraception

Pro-choice group to hold House members accountable for abandoning jobs agenda and voting to take away access to birth control and cancer screenings for millions of Americans

Washington D.C. – At the same time that Reps. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y) and Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) returned home for a congressional recess, Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said that her organization will launch a public-education campaign to hold both representatives accountable for abandoning the promise of a jobs agenda to join the House leadership’s two-front war on contraception.

"Can Reps. Gibson and Hayworth tell their constituents just how many jobs attacking contraception will create?” Keenan asked. “We will remind New York voters just how out of touch these representatives are with their values and priorities before ballots are cast in November 2012.”

Last week, Reps. Gibson and Hayworth supported two egregious attacks on access to contraception, cancer screenings, Pap smears, and other basic health care. Both representatives voted for an amendment to a bill that bars funding to Planned Parenthood for non-abortion-related medical care. They took this attack one step further by voting to eliminate all funding for Title X, the nation’s only domestic family-planning program.

Keenan said that since Reps. Gibson and Hayworth signed onto the war on contraception, constituents deserve to know the answers to a few questions:

  1. When did attacking women’s access to birth control become a higher priority than fulfilling your campaign promises of focusing on jobs and the economy?
  2. Why are you following an agenda that not only attacks abortion coverage, but also blocks women’s access to birth control, which is the best way to prevent unintended pregnancy and thus reduce the need for abortion?
  3. Why do you only seek to serve one term by failing to focus on putting Americans back to work?

“The constituents of Reps. Gibson and Hayworth will soon know that their priorities do not lie with their district, but with the extreme anti-choice House leadership that is pushing an out-of-control war on contraception,” Keenan said.

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