For Immediate Release
NARAL Pro-Choice America Issues Assessment of Health-Reform Efforts
WASHINGTON - 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."
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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."