We are pleased that some of the extreme anti-choice policies of the Bush era have ended, but we also recognize that abortion opponents are unrelenting in their efforts to deny services to women in need. Most recently, opponents of choice have gone so far as to use health reform as a political bargaining tool to take away the insurance coverage for abortion services that most women have now. These assaults on women's access to reproductive health care mean that women's fundamental right to choose is far from secure.
At the same time that we ask lawmakers to remember that comprehensive and affordable health care includes access to abortion services for women, we also urge policymakers to step up efforts to ensure that women have accurate information, relationship skills, and health resources to ensure that all pregnancies are planned.”
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.