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November 10, 2011

Anti-Choice Senators Look to Budget Bill as Next Front in War on Women

Anti-choice politicians plan to file at least four amendments to the budget bill that would undermine health-care options for women

Washington, D.C. – Just days after Mississippians rejected an anti-choice ballot measure, right-wing senators are poised to file several anti-choice amendments to an appropriations bill, underscoring how waging a War on Women  has become a top priority among anti-choice politicians in Congress.

“Anti-choice Republicans just can’t help themselves,” said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Losing a ballot measure in a politically conservative state like Mississippi won’t dissuade them from continuing their War on Women. This is the latest example of how they are out of touch with our nation’s values and priorities.”

These expected amendments to the “minibus” appropriations bill could:

  • Bar city officials in Washington, D.C. from using locally raised revenues for abortion services, a move that could affect up to 60,500 Medicaid‐enrolled women in the nation’s capital.
  • Extend a law that denies federal employees the option of choosing a health-care plan that covers abortion.
  • Block access to family-planning services for some of the world’s poorest women.

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