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U.S. Congress Should Not Jeopardize Women’s Health, Ability To Make Own Health Decisions

The Hill: Republicans are using the appropriations process to attack women’s health
Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee

“…I and several colleagues offered amendments to [the House Appropriations bill to] guarantee that women have access to necessary health services and are empowered to make health decisions based on their own needs and conscience, not on the dictates of politicians. These amendments included protecting free birth control coverage; maintaining Title X family planning funding; and striking the expansion of the Global Gag Rule and the ban on funding for the United Nations Population Fund, our primary partner for ensuring that women fleeing violence have safe maternal care and access to treatment from gender-based violence … Unfortunately, with control of Congress, Republicans blocked these amendments. Every woman, regardless of where she lives, has a fundamental right to make healthy choices for herself and her family. It’s an issue of health and financial security, but also of matter of equality and empowerment. That’s why I will continue to embrace the responsibility of standing up against attacks on women’s health…” (8/3).

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