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Statement by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on Women’s Health Benefits in Affordable Care Act

“This week, Planned Parenthood, along with our supporters, celebrates the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the biggest advance in women’s health in a generation.

“Women across the country are applauding President Obama for groundbreaking legislation that promotes the health of women by ensuring coverage of preventive care, such as lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, and immunizations, with no co-pays; ends discriminatory practices against women, such as charging women higher premiums and denying coverage for ‘pre-existing conditions’; and expands coverage for young adults by allowing them to stay on their parents’ health plan until age 26; among many other benefits.

“Unfortunately, anti-women’s health politicians want to take away these health care benefits, and repeal ACA.  If they had their way, more women would be uninsured, medical discrimination against women would be legal again, and women would once again be forced to pay more for health care and get less for their money than men.

“We can’t go backwards, and that’s why Planned Parenthood is engaged in an aggressive effort online and in communities nationwide to educate the public about the benefits of ACA, to protect women’s health, and protect the law.”

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PPFA Media Office, 212-261-4433

Published: 03.20.12

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