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March 23, 2012

NARAL Pro-Choice America Marks Two-Year Anniversary of Law Representing Biggest Advances for Women’s Health in a Generation

Organization vows to counter repeal efforts that would take away prenatal care and contraceptive coverage from women

Washington, D.C.—Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called the two-year anniversary of President Obama signing the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law an opportunity to remind Americans what women would lose if efforts to overturn the law succeed. 

“The Affordable Care Act marks the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation,” Keenan said. “This law brings 30 million Americans into a health-care system that includes affordable family-planning services, better access to contraception, and maternity care.”

Keenan said the attacks on the health-reform law are part of an ongoing campaign by anti-choice politicians to make it harder for women to get the health care they need. The most recent debate has been on President Obama’s policy to provide contraceptive coverage for women. The Senate narrowly rejected a measure that would have allowed insurers and corporations to deny women birth-control coverage. In addition, these same politicians refused to challenge radio personality Rush Limbaugh after he called a female law student who spoke out in favor of the president’s policy a “slut” and a “prostitute.”

“The attacks on the health-reform law are targeting women in the same way as the legislative attacks and ugly rhetoric that have made headlines in the last month,” Keenan said. “If the court strikes down this law, better coverage of prenatal care and contraceptives for millions of women could disappear. Insurance companies would go back to charging women more money for health-care services than men. That’s why we must stand with President Obama and women across this country in supporting this important law.”

On March 26, the Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments from opponents who want to overturn the law.  NARAL Pro-Choice America will mobilize its supporters on Tuesday, March 27, the day on which health-care advocates will focus on how the law helps women get affordable care. 

Keenan adds, “Since these anti-choice politicians have decided to take their War on Women to the Supreme Court, we’ll meet them at the steps.”

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