Protecting Reproductive Freedoms

Statement

By:  Nancy Pelosi
Date: Jan. 27, 2012
Location: Unknown

This past week we observed the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As I have for nearly 25 years in Congress, I will continue to work on behalf of reproductive freedoms and a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care, which will reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, at home and around the world. Unfortunately, this Congress has been marked by the relentless efforts of House Republicans to undermine the right to choose. Time after time, they have voted in favor of legislation that reduces a woman's access to legal reproductive health services, chipping away at freedoms that were hard-won for American women. We must continue to protect the right to choose; ensuring that every woman has the right to decide what is best for herself and her family.

A provision in the historic Affordable Care Act requires most health insurance plans to cover preventive services for women without charging a co-pay, co-insurance or a deductible. This past week the Obama Administration announced its final policy for implementing this provision in August which includes contraceptive services. I strongly support this action to expand access to fundamental, basic health care and will continue to fight to protect the benefits of health care reform for the American people.