Health Reproductive Rights

President Obama Vetoes Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood & Repealing Affordable Care Act

President Obama vetoed a measure today that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year and repeal key provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

“These outrageous attacks against women’s health care must end,” said Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal. “Instead of expanding access to healthcare, this Congress voted to take away health insurance from millions of people and to undermine women’s access to basic reproductive healthcare services. We commend President Obama for vetoing this harmful, dangerous measure.”

The House voted Wednesday on the measure that had been pushed through the Senate late last year using a legislative strategy called reconciliation, which allowed the bill to pass with a simple majority. The vote was the 11th time anti-women’s health politicians have tried to defund Planned Parenthood during this Congress. It is also the furthest an anti-Affordable Care Act (ACA) bill has progressed since the law’s 2010 implementation. To date, Republicans have attempted to repeal or undermine the ACA 62 times.

Media Resources: The Hill 1/6/16

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