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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 18, 1998
11:18 AM
CONTACT: Planned Parenthood
Steve Plever 212/261-4310
Roberta Synal 202/973-6309
Lowey Amendment Providing Contraceptive Coverage To Federal Employees "Just Makes Sense"
 
WASHINGTON - June 18 - Statement by Gloria Feldt
President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America


Planned Parenthood is encouraged by the House Appropriations Committee’s adoption of the Lowey Amendment, which would ensure that federal employees benefits plans will cover prescription contraceptives in the same manner that they cover other prescription drugs.

Contraceptive coverage just makes sense. If you want to prevent the need for abortion, it is only common sense to make contraception more available. That is why contraceptive coverage legislation has such broad support  from both sides of the aisle, and from people on both sides of the abortion issue.

Passage of the Lowey Amendment is a small, but encouraging step toward fairness for women. We hope it is a first step toward contraceptive coverage, not just for federal employees, but for everyone with insurance that covers prescription drugs. The Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act (EPICC), introduced a year ago, has yet to receive a hearing. We hope that passage of the Lowey Amendment presages action on EPICC.

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