As Congress continues work on the 2012 fiscal year federal budget, anti-choice extremists are poised to once again attack women’s health. The Senate is expected to vote on two spending measures and extremists are trying to use these votes to advance a dangerous anti-choice agenda.
Here’re some of the amendments being advanced:
--- Several anti-choice senators are attempting to undermine a laudable effort to permanently repeal the “global gag rule” – a harmful U.S. foreign policy, temporarily repealed by an executive order from President Obama that restricted U.S. foreign aid family planning funds from going to organizations that discuss or refer to abortion services.
--- Another effort is underway to prohibit the District of Columbia from using its own funds to provide abortion services.
--- Yet another effort has formed to defund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and curtail its critical global efforts to improve women’s reproductive health.
--- Finally, a third group seeks to restrict the reproductive health care of millions of federal workers (and their dependents and retirees) by adding a restriction on abortion coverage – even if federal employees purchase this coverage from private health plans using their own money.
Tell Congress: Protect women’s access to life saving health services.