National Partnership for Women & Families

Legislation Advanced by the House Judiciary Committee Today Continues Relentless Attack on Women’s Health

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. — January 15, 2014 —

“Today the House of Representatives continued its relentless attack on women’s health as the Judiciary Committee advanced legislation that would, in effect, ban abortion coverage in all private insurance plans. By taxing small businesses and consumers who choose health plans that cover the full range of women’s reproductive services, this bill would incentivize employers to drop plans that cover abortion services and insurance companies to drop abortion coverage altogether.

The intent of this legislation is clear. Its goal is to make it so burdensome to offer abortion coverage that women lose that coverage.

This bill does not represent the nation’s priorities. Rather than attacking women’s health, the House should work to improve the health and economic security of women and their families. In the United States today, women are both caregivers and breadwinners. We need our representatives to come together to advance legislation that helps make women healthy and our workplaces more fair and family friendly, including the FAMILY Act, the Healthy Families Act, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the Women’s Health Protection Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act.”

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

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