Holding Attorney General Jeff Sessions Accountable in Enforcing the Law
On February 8, 2017, the Senate confirmed abortion opponent Jeff Sessions as Attorney General by a final vote of 52-47. As the organization representing abortion providers and the women who seek their care, we are deeply concerned that Sessions will not adequately enforce the laws that protect abortion providers and their patients from threats and violence. We pledge to closely monitor the work of the Department of Justice under Sessions’ leadership to ensure that the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act and other laws are fully enforced, and we are calling on the Senators who supported Jeff Sessions to join us in holding him accountable to his promise to enforce the law. You can read our testimony regarding this nomination here.
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Educating Policymakers on the Impact of the Hyde Amendment
The Hyde amendment’s impact is staggering. Since 1976, it has prohibited the federal funding of most abortion care. The National Abortion Federation hears from women every day who want to make the best decision for themselves and their families, but are denied that autonomy because of this harmful measure. Funding restrictions are a huge barrier for women’s access to abortion care. NAF works with a broad coalition of providers and advocacy organizations to educate lawmakers on the consequences of Hyde on low-income women and families, and its disproportionate impact on women of color. As part of work against Hyde, we support the federal strategy work of the All* Above All campaign and educate lawmakers about the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act.
The Women’s Health Protection Act: The Proactive Effort We Need
At the state level, anti-choice lawmakers have passed an unprecedented onslaught of anti-abortion laws and regulations that make it harder and harder for women to access care. The Women’s Health Protection Act
was first introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) in November 2013. It was reintroduced in January 2015. The Women’s Health Protection act would create Federal protections against anti-abortion laws. NAF submitted testimony
focused on these laws’ interference with standards of care, and included testimony from several NAF members affected by onerous restrictions.
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