For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Washington, DC — Today, congressional leaders released details of the fiscal year 2023 appropriations package. This package omits critical investments in the Title X Family Planning Program. Moreover, despite Democrats’ introduction of spending bills earlier this year free from anti-choice riders like the Hyde Amendment, the final omnibus package includes these harmful bans on coverage of abortion care.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju released the following statement in response:
“With an anti-choice Republican majority about to take control of the House and an abortion access crisis playing out across the country, it’s disappointing that this omnibus package failed to include critical funding increases for the Title X Family Planning Program. This funding has long been a target of GOP attacks, despite the fact that it has helped tens of millions of Americans access essential care for more than 50 years. With reproductive freedom facing unprecedented threats from anti-choice extremists, we need to do everything we can to protect access to reproductive health care.”
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization—ending the constitutional right to abortion and opening the door for extremist state lawmakers to put total bans on abortion in place. This decision is having a devastating impact throughout the country as 17 states are enforcing bans on abortion. The people hurt most by these bans and restrictions are those who already face barriers to accessing abortion care—including women; Black, Latina/x, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Indigenous people; those working to make ends meet; the LGBTQ+ community; immigrants; young people; those living in rural communities; people with disabilities, and other historically oppressed communities.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for every body. NARAL is powered by its 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.