Press Release: GOP Ramps Up War on Women’s Basic Rights, Economic Security with Attempt to Make Hyde Permanent

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Contact: Morgan Grogan, morgan.grogan@berlinrosen.com, 202-836-9890

GOP Ramps Up War on Women’s Basic Rights, Economic Security with Attempt to Make Hyde Permanent

Washington, DC – As the Senate votes on legislation that would permanently enact the Hyde Amendment and prevent Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans from covering abortion in any case, Health Care for America Now Executive Director Margarida Jorge released the following statement:

“This is a direct attack on women’s economic security and their basic bodily autonomy. Access to affordable health care and reproductive freedom are linchpins for women’s equality, opportunity and economic success. By attempting to take away women’s right to determine if, when, and how to have children, Republicans are also harming women’s financial independence, educational attainment – and their very health and wellbeing. Poor women and women of color who already face the greatest barriers to accessing reproductive health care will be the most hurt by this effort to turn back the clock on women’s equity and access.

“This extreme legislation is a clear extension of the GOP’s attacks on the ACA, public health and women’s economic security. Women and working families across the country will fight back against this outrageous bill, just as they did during previous GOP attempts to take away their health care and deny them basic rights.”

 

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Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is the national grassroots coalition that ran a $60 million five-and-a-half year campaign from 2008-2013 to pass, protect, and promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and protect Medicare and Medicaid. HCAN has come back together to fight the Republicans’ all-out effort to take away America’s health care and put people at the mercy of the health insurance companies again.