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Protecting America's Women


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The Republican Congress has been marked by many attacks on rights critical to the health and security of American women. Since they gained the majority, House Republicans have voted to:

End the Medicare guarantee and increase costs on seniors. Women would be disproportionally affected by their plan as women make up more than half of Medicare beneficiaries.

Eliminate Title X - a program that provides life-saving health services, including HIV testing, cancer screening, blood-pressure testing, and contraceptive services for more than 5 million women.

Weaken the Violence Against Women Act, which has strengthened communities and provided critical, life-saving support to victims of violence for nearly 20 years.

House Democrats have stood strong against the disgraceful and disrespectful assault on women's health and have continued to promote strong policies to ensure that women's rights are protected. We introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act and called for an end to pay discrimination in the workplace. The bill builds upon the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, passed by Democratic majorities in the House and Senate and signed into law by President Obama in 2009. We will continue to work to ensure equality and opportunity for all women, from securing good jobs, equal pay for equal work, to improving access to affordable quality health care and education.

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