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NARAL Pro-Choice America Issues Assessment of Health-Reform Efforts


Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the following statement regarding health-reform efforts in Congress.

"It is disappointing and frustrating that some members of Congress
are using health reform to single out abortion care and treat it
differently than other medical services. These lawmakers, most notably
Reps. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), are obsessed with
attacking a woman's right to choose and interfering in the
doctor-patient relationship. Fortunately, the Energy and Commerce
Committee last night rejected a Pitts-Stupak proposal that would have
banned abortion care for many women who have that coverage now. Without
a doubt, Pitts, Stupak, and their allies, who now have failed to secure
passage of extreme proposals in three House committees, will continue
their obsession with attacking abortion as this process moves forward.
We will mobilize our activists to call on fair-minded members of
Congress to reject these extreme and divisive measures that are
designed solely to derail the entire health-reform effort."

For over 50 years, Reproductive Freedom for All (formerly 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 everybody. Reproductive Freedom for All is powered by its more than 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.