Statement by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, on House Energy and Commerce Committee Markup of H.R. 358, Rep. Pitts’ Bill
“Planned Parenthood strongly opposes H.R. 358, and is disappointed that it was passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. This is an extreme bill that would result in millions of women losing the private health care benefits they have today, benefits they pay for themselves or their employers provide them.
“H.R. 358 would amount to a middle class abortion ban — cutting off millions of American women from the private health insurance coverage they have today by effectively banning abortion coverage in state-based health insurance exchanges established under the health care law.
“Representative Pitts’ bill would also cut women’s access to abortion care even when going forward with a pregnancy would put their lives at risk. This is an abhorrent change to current federal law that requires that women receive emergency care in hospitals.
“We urge members of the House to drop this radical bill immediately and to focus on what the American people elected them to do — fixing the economy and creating jobs and economic growth.”
December 31, 1969
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December 31, 1969