August 1, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL Statement on Senate Passing FY’19 FSGG Spending Bill with Harmful Anti-Choice Rider

For Immediate Release: July 27, 2018
Contact: [email protected]


In light of the Senate’s passage of the FY’19 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) spending bill, which includes a harmful policy rider blocking low-income women from getting abortion coverage through the District of Columbia’s locally-raised funds, NARAL Deputy Policy Director Leslie McGorman issued the following statement:

“Not only is this policy dangerous for women but it makes a mockery of the democratic process in the nation’s capital by usurping the District’s own local governance.

“Congress should respect the rights of D.C. citizens to determine how their local tax dollars are spent, rather than restricting access to abortion care for District residents.  This is yet another example of the hypocrisy of ‘pro-life’ politicians”

This is the first time in over a decade that the Senate bill includes this harmful rider.


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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