Press Statement
The House of Representatives “Failed Women and the Country” Today

“The extreme anti-choice action in the House of Representatives this afternoon was an embarrassing spectacle — congressional leaders playing politics with women’s health and women’s lives. To add insult to injury, they passed an extreme assault on abortion care on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the milestone U.S. Supreme Court ruling that improved women’s health, dignity, privacy and economic security in deep and meaningful ways.

The bill the House passed this afternoon, H.R. 7, is dangerous legislation designed to end insurance coverage for abortion services. The ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act’ threatens women’s access to medical care, and raises taxes on women and small businesses. It could end coverage for abortion care in insurance plans. It would permanently deny access to insurance coverage for abortion care in federally supported health insurance plans that cover low-income women, among others.

It was an insidious, ideological attack and an affront to everyone who cares about women’s health. The last-minute political maneuvering to avoid offending women failed. House leaders should recognize that any attack on women’s reproductive health care will alienate and offend women.

The House of Representatives failed women and the country today.”

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