FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2016
NARAL President Ilyse Hogue issued the following statement in response to Senator Tim Kaine’s statement today that he opposes repeal of the Hyde amendment, a discriminatory policy that makes it difficult for low-income women to access abortion care:
“In this campaign, Hillary Clinton has broken new ground with her frank talk about the damaging effect of denying poor women basic reproductive healthcare. By doing so, Hillary continues to do what she has always done: fight to empower women and families and give us the tools we need to live healthy and secure lives.
“This is why Senator Kaine’s statement earlier today that he opposes repealing the discriminatory Hyde amendment was deeply disappointing.
“Repealing the Hyde amendment and providing the full range of reproductive healthcare to low-income women is a top priority for NARAL. This is a principle embraced by the Democratic Party as a whole, and it was voted unanimously into the party platform that I personally worked to draft and pass.
“We appreciate Senator Kaine’s commitment to upholding the nominee’s position on this important issue, and we sincerely hope that he will continue to educate himself on what Hyde means to the most vulnerable women in this country and join us in fighting this injustice.
“We fully support Hillary Clinton in her commitment to repeal this law and as a champion for reproductive freedom. We will work every day to make sure that women and families are secure in this country by electing her President of the United States.”