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March 1, 2012

Heller to Women: Check with Your Boss if You Want Contraception

Senator joins with extremists to give corporations the ability to deny their employees insurance coverage of birth control

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called Sen. Dean Heller’s vote in support of an amendment that could have taken away insurance coverage of birth control for women another reason voters will replace him in November.

“Today’s vote in the Senate marks a big win for women,” Keenan said. “Thanks to Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Senate allies, women won’t have to ask bosses for permission to get insurance coverage of birth control. Unfortunately, after days of telling the press he was studying the issue, Sen. Heller sided with anti-contraception extremists over the women in his state. Sen. Heller’s action is a reminder to voters of why elections matter. We will continue to make sure Nevada voters see the clear differences between Sen. Heller and Rep. Shelley Berkley on contraception and important reproductive-health issues.  Rep. Berkley is a champion who takes the lead in protecting the values of freedom and privacy. Sen. Heller is a follower of right-wing politicians who want to take away contraceptive coverage and health-care options from women.”

Sen. Heller voted for an amendment offered to the transportation bill by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). This far-reaching amendment would have allowed corporations and insurance companies to refuse to cover birth control and other essential health benefits, including maternity care, HIV/AIDS treatment, and cancer screenings. In short, anti-contraception politicians want to give the person who runs a fast-food restaurant or any corporation the authority to block employees from getting insurance plans that cover birth control.

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC endorsed Rep. Shelley Berkley’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.

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