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March 20, 2012

Ryan Budget Proposal Exposes Hypocrisy

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called out Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for suggesting that he and his allies in the House of Representatives are defenders of patient privacy.

In addition to calling for the defunding of the health-reform law that makes preventive care, including contraception, available to women without a copay or additional costs, Rep. Ryan’s budget proposal includes this line: “There is no way for ‘experts’ in Washington to know more about the health-care needs of individual Americans than those individuals and their doctors know.”

“Rep. Ryan and his other anti-choice colleagues in the House have been practicing medicine without a license since they took over in January 2011,” Keenan said. "They want to take away prenatal care, contraceptive coverage, mammograms, and other basic care made possible by the health-reform law. They voted to defund family-planning programs. They even voted to allow hospitals to deny emergency abortion care to women who could die without it. Now they want to reinvent themselves as patient-privacy advocates. Putting Rep. Ryan and his cronies in charge of protecting Americans from political interference in their private medical decisions is like asking the same group to protect Medicare. It is ridiculous and out of touch with reality.”

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