A woman’s reproductive health is personal—her boss or the federal government shouldn’t be involved.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 30, 2015
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Statement of National Abortion Federation (NAF) President and CEO, Vicki Saporta, on the passage of H.J. Res. 43:
Tonight, the House of Representatives approved a measure (H.J. Res. 43) to block DC’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act from taking effect. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act protects employees in DC and their dependents from employment discrimination based on their personal reproductive health care decisions.
Unfortunately, by passing H.J. Res. 43, anti-choice politicians have shown that they believe it’s not only acceptable for the federal government to override DC’s local laws, but also for bosses to discriminate against employees and undermine their private health care decisions.
Discrimination of any kind is unacceptable. Whether it’s accessing birth control, seeking IVF treatments, or obtaining abortion care, women in DC shouldn’t fear being fired for making the best medical decisions for themselves and their families. A woman’s reproductive health is personal—her boss or the federal government shouldn’t be involved.
I urge President Obama to prevent discrimination against women in DC by vetoing H.J. Res. 43.
NAF is the professional association of abortion providers. Our members include private and non-profit clinics, Planned Parenthood affiliates, women’s health centers, physicians’ offices, and hospitals who together care for more than half the women who choose abortion in the U.S. and Canada each year. Our members also include public hospitals and both public and private clinics in Mexico City and private clinics in Colombia.