For Immediate Release
Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116; cell 202-641-1906
NOW Opposes Health Care Bill That Strips Millions of Women of Abortion Access Says Bill Obliterates Women's Fundamental Right to Choose
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives has dealt the worst blow to women's
fundamental right to self-determination in order to buy a few votes for
reform of the profit-driven health insurance industry. We must protect
the rights we fought for in Roe v. Wade. We cannot and will not support a health care bill that strips millions of women of their existing access to abortion.
Birth control and abortion are integral aspects of women's health
care needs. Health care reform should not be a vehicle to obliterate a
woman's fundamental right to choose.
The Stupak Amendment goes far beyond the abusive Hyde Amendment,
which has denied federal funding of abortion since 1976. The Stupak
Amendment, if incorporated into the final version of health insurance
reform legislation, will:
- Prevent women receiving tax subsidies from using their own money to purchase private insurance that covers abortion;
- Prevent women participating in the public health insurance
exchange, administered by private insurance companies, from using 100
percent of their own money to purchase private insurance that covers abortion;
- Prevent low-income women from accessing abortion entirely, in many cases.
NOW calls on the Senate to pass a health care bill that respects
women's constitutionally protected right to abortion and calls on
President Obama to refuse to sign any health care bill that restricts
women's access to affordable, quality reproductive health care.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.