May 8, 2019 / Press Releases

NARAL Statement on House Appropriations Committee Labor-HHS Spending Bill

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2019
Contact: [email protected]

After the House Appropriations Committee marked up its FY’20 Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education spending bill, NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Vice President Adrienne Kimmell issued the following statement:

“Budgets reflect priorities, and this bill sends the message that reproductive freedom must be taken seriously. From blocking Trump’s domestic gag rule to increasing funding for family planning and sex education to blocking Trump’s refusal of healthcare rule, this bill includes many important safeguards for comprehensive reproductive healthcare. But the fact is, rights aren’t rights unless you can truly access them. We are disappointed the bill will continue to cut many low-income Americans off from abortion access through the harmful and discriminatory Hyde Amendment.

“Once again, the Republican party attempted to hijack this process by inserting numerous poison-pill riders aimed at gutting vital programs. They failed, but we won’t forget their hypocrisy. For the so-called ‘pro-life’ party, their increasingly desperate attempts to jeopardize the health and safety of millions of women are astounding.”

Throughout the markup process, Republicans attempted to add numerous anti-choice, poison-pill riders to the spending bill. Their failed amendments include attempts to:

  • Strike the language blocking Trump’s domestic gag rule and cut Title X funds
  • Interfere in patient care and criminalize doctors
  • Prohibit fetal tissue research
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked 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. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom.  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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