Congressman Charles B. Rangel released the following statement as he pledged to continue to fight for women's healthcare rights on the 36th anniversary of the passage of the Hyde Amendment which restricted the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortion, and represented a major step back for women's healthcare:
"While 35 years have passed since the Hyde Amendment was adopted, many of my Republican Colleagues continue to push for an outdated agenda that harms women by limiting their access to healthcare and their right to choose.
Since the Republican's took control of the House in 2010, there have been 55 votes against women's issues. These include votes that allow insurance companies to discriminate against women; votes that cut access to preventive care; votes that restrict abortion rights; and votes that limit access to reproductive and maternal care services.
This assault against women's healthcare rights takes us in the wrong direction. My Democratic Colleagues and I have worked so hard with President Obama to ensure that all women have the right to choose and access to quality healthcare that they deserve. Since its enactment in 2010, The Affordable Care Act has prevented insurance companies from denying coverage to women; has given women the right to choose a doctor; has given women access to preventive care without co-pays; and has lowered healthcare costs. Women simply cannot afford to lose the benefits that are in the Affordable Care Act. As the sponsor of the healthcare reform law, I will continue to work hard to protect this achievement and to make sure that it is fully implemented."
To learn more about how the Affordable Care Act has benefited women, visit healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2011/08/women.html.