We're not even a month into the new Congress and Republicans have already made it a priority to attack women's health care.
Before leaving for a retreat on Tuesday, House Republicans voted to make the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funds from going toward abortion services, a permanent rule. THIS was their top priority in a three-day work week, and THIS was their priority after millions of women marched to declare that we refuse to have our rights rolled back.
Not a single one of our EMILY's List women in the House voted for it. We need to start working now to send them reinforcements for the years to come.
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The Hyde Amendment vote isn't the only attack on women's health care we've seen this year.
Less than two weeks ago, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) introduced a bill that would effectively ban all abortions. This is the most extreme abortion ban we've ever seen in Congress, and it's modeled off similar bills Republicans have passed in the states. Even though courts have struck down those laws, Trump has emboldened Republicans to push them at a national level.
And in the midst of their threats to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are also planning to defund Planned Parenthood — cutting off health care services to millions of women and men. This puts access to safe abortion, life-saving cancer screenings, STI testing, and much more at risk.
These attacks remind me of when congressional Republicans kept trying to defund Planned Parenthood in 2015. The difference? Now there's someone in the White House who will happily sign these measures into law.
This is a big fight — and one of the only ways we win is by replacing anti-choice Republicans with pro-choice Democratic women. Donate now to help start the work of recruiting and training women who can win:
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