Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Video: Sen. Gillibrand Condemns Attacks on Abortion Coverage



Yesterday the Senate opened debate on "Senate Stupak," the amendment offered by Sens. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) that mirrors the Stupak amendment's ban on abortion coverage. This amendment is the harshest attack on a woman's right to choose in a generation and threatens to effectively block insurance coverage for abortion under the new health insurance exchange.
Our Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) continued her support for women's health and rights by speaking out strongly and clearly against "Senate Stupak." Watch her powerful floor speech here:
NY Gillibrand video
In Sen. Gillibrand's own words,
There is no doubt, a lack of access to full reproductive health care puts the lives of women and girls at grave risk…Denying low-income women reproductive coverage in this way is not only discriminatory but it is dangerous. Without proper coverage, women will be forced to postpone care while attempting to find the money that they need to pay for it. Such a delay can lead to increased costs and graver health risks, particularly for younger girls. ...Women and girls in America deserve better.
…As we debate the solution to the deepening health care crisis that has affected every citizen, every business, every community in the country, this is not the time or place to instigate a new battle over reproductive rights. …I ask my colleagues to oppose the Nelson Amendment and any similar measure and I ask that we work together to preserve current law and respect the private choices made between a woman and her doctor.
As Sen. Gillibrand leads the charge against the Nelson-Hatch amendment in the Senate, the campaign on the ground continues. The other side isn't letting up, and neither should we.
Email Sen. Gillibrand today or call her office at (202) 224-4451 to let her know that as a pro-choice New Yorker, you appreciate her leadership protecting reproductive rights and ensuring that health-care reform does not leave women worse off than they already are.
Working together with our elected pro-choice champions, we must keep fighting to make sure that we get health care reform that doesn't leave anyone out.
For Choice,
Kelli Conlin
President, NARAL Pro-Choice New York



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