July 12, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL Statement on House Appropriations Committee Labor HHS Spending Bill

For Immediate Release: July 12, 2018
Contact: [email protected]

After the House Appropriations Committee marked up its FY’19 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending bill, NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Vice President Adrienne Kimmell issued the following statement:

“Yet again, Republican committee leadership is trying to hijack the appropriations process and use it to attack reproductive freedom and undermine women and families. By inserting poison-pill riders, funding programs that are both ineffective and harmful, and continuing their endless crusade to defund Planned Parenthood, House leaders are jeopardizing the health and safety of millions of women.

“The bill eliminates all funding for the Title X family planning program, which provides over four million low-income women and men basic healthcare each year. The bill also eliminates the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and increases support for failed and dangerous ‘abstinence-only’ programs, despite support for proven, comprehensive sex-ed programs. Simply put, this bill is designed to attack women’s rights. It’s hypocritical that the party that claims to be “pro-life” is gutting programs that are vital to ensuring women and families can thrive and have economic stability. This bill is shameful, harmful, and dangerous.”

The bill inserts a new bill known as the “Conscience Protection Act,” which allows individuals and organizations to refuse to facilitate, participate in any way, or make arrangements for abortion care even when a woman’s health is in danger.


NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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