NARAL on House Zika Response: "Pro-Life" GOP Proves it Cares Little for Actual People's Lives

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NARAL on House Zika Response: "Pro-Life" GOP Proves it Cares Little for Actual People's Lives

WASHINGTON - Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, released the following statement on the House GOP’s cynical response to the Zika crisis. The House GOP approved a bill last night that restricts funding for women’s health clinics and fails to provide adequate resources to combat the Zika crisis.

Said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America: “The bill the GOP pushed through last night makes a mockery of the Zika health crisis that so many Americans are concerned about. Instead of digging deep to provide women with adequate resources to control their destinies and plan their families, the anti-choice Republicans chose once again to play politics.

“This puts women’s lives—and the lives of children they may wish to have—in danger. What’s more, House Republicans' constant claim that they’re out to ‘protect the unborn’ falls flat when this bill undercuts the very protections women need to bear healthy children. Instead of crafting a meaningful response to the crisis, House Republicans approved legislation that amounts to no more than window dressing.

“Women are rightfully terrified for their own health and their ability to bear healthy children in the midst of the Zika crisis, and this bill spits in the eyes of women and families across the country. NARAL will be using its resources to expose this disgusting but unsurprising hypocrisy because women and families deserve elected officials who actually look out for them.”

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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."

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