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January 4, 2011

Statement on Boehner Push to Repeal Health Reform, Attack a Woman’s Right to Choose

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said John Boehner isn’t waiting for a swearing-in ceremony before he begins attacking a woman’s right to choose.

In addition to next week’s vote to repeal the health-reform law, Boehner also scheduled a vote on a separate resolution urging committees to make changes to health-care laws, which could include a Stupak-like ban on abortion coverage.

“John Boehner is not waiting to be sworn in as the next speaker to reaffirm his threat to attack a woman’s right to choose,” Keenan said. “Boehner wants to open the door to more political interference in our personal, private decisions—and that agenda is out of touch with our country’s priorities and values. No one standing in an unemployment line is asking Boehner to launch additional attacks on legal abortion and other reproductive-health care, yet that’s exactly what he’s doing.”

Keenan also said her organization would oppose the effort to repeal the health-reform law because of the overall benefits it provides for women’s health.

“The health-reform law includes the promise of prenatal care and no-cost birth control for all women,” Keenan said. “Although imperfect, specifically its abortion-coverage restrictions, this landmark law could positively impact women’s lives for generations to come. It is unbelievable that Boehner and his allies want to be known as the politicians who voted to take away prenatal care and contraception from women.”

Please visit our website for more information about Boehner’s record on choice and his plans to attack choice.

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