FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2017
SOS WASHINGTON: Trumpcare Guts Women’s Health Coalition to Protect Women’s Health Launches Campaign Targeting Senators to Stop Attacks on Women’s Health in Trumpcare Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Coalition to Protect Women’s Health – a group of prominent national advocacy organizations – sounded an emergency alarm for women’s health, which is under attack by Washington politicians. Senators are jamming through a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and “defund” Planned Parenthood. This campaign launches with a significant media and mobilization effort that calls on Senators Flake (R-AZ), Heller (R-NV), Portman (R-OH), Toomey (R-PA), Ernst (R-IA), and Capito (R-WV) to vote NO on gutting women’s health care services and blocking millions of women from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers.
This campaign launches with a TV ad titled “What If”, (watch HERE), airing on cable and network television starting today in the following media markets: AZ (Phoenix, Tuscon), NV (Las Vegas, Reno), OH (Cleveland, Columbus), WI (Madison, Milwaukee), PA (Philadelphia), MI (Detroit), IA (Des Moines), and WV (Charleston-Huntington).
A project of the The Advocacy Fund, and founded by American Civil Liberties Union, All* Above All Action Fund,American Sexual Health Association, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Center for American Progress Action Fund, National Partnership for Women & Families, National Women’s Law Center, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the coalition is calling on Senators to listen to their constituents — who demand they protect access to affordable women’s health care services, including access to care at Planned Parenthood. This care is on the chopping block under Trumpcare, which narrowly passed the House of Representatives in May. Underscoring how deeply unpopular the legislation is, Senators are ramming Trumpcare through without any hearings or legislative mark-ups.
Trumpcare also guts protections for maternity care, allows people with pre-existing conditions like cancer to be discriminated against, and eviscerates the Medicaid program — a program that 1 in 5 women of reproductive age rely on for coverage. The people most impacted by these attacks already face unfair and discriminatory barriers to care, including women of color and immigrant women. A recent report in the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights many other ways Trumpcare undermines women’s health.
Fatima Goss-Graves, President-elect of the National Women’s Law Center: “This Senate bill is being written in the dark of night, with no input from the people who will be most affected by it. And no wonder: if it follows the House bill, it will strip health care coverage from millions of people who need it the most, including shutting down vital Planned Parenthood centers, taking away Medicaid coverage, and putting maternity coverage at risk. That’s why millions of women are speaking out and calling their Senators urging them to vote NO on Trumpcare.”
Debra Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families, said: “Listen up, Washington. Women across the country are watching their Senators closely – and demanding that the Senate protect their access to health care, not undermine it. Women won’t give an inch on attacks to their healthcare.”
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress Action Fund, said: “Senators are writing this bill in secret because it is a bill that does not represent the interests of the people. Millions of people across the country are speaking up every single day to tell their Senators just how devastating the impacts would be to them and their families. The bill has particularly harmful effects for women — in states that waive essential health benefits, coverage could become prohibitively expensive for pregnant women, allowing insurers to charge $17,000 more in premiums for maternity care.”
Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:“Trumpcare is the worst legislation for women’s health in a generation – it makes it harder to prevent unintended pregnancy, harder to have a healthy pregnancy, and harder to raise a family. Planned Parenthood joins this coalition to mobilize women around the country to demand their Senators to do what’s right, listen to the millions of women reaching out to them, and vote no on TrumpCare.”
Destiny Lopez, Co-Director, All* Above All: “The bill to repeal the ACA would decimate the Medicaid program and could eliminate insurance coverage for abortion. Women of color and low-income people would be most harmed, and our communities already face too many barriers to getting the care we need. We have to stop these cruel attacks on women and families.”
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