The League is pleased that the Blunt Amendment was defeated earlier today by a vote of 51-48. This amendment was about discrimination based on sex and nothing else. The League is disappointed that so many Senators failed to support preventative health care for women. Congress should not be playing politics with a woman's access to contraception. We remain concerned that ill-defined "religious and moral" objections will continue to be proposed as a means of discriminating against women.
The League asked Senators to oppose an amendment to an upcoming Transportation bill that that would limit access to contraceptive services for women if any employer or insurance plan has a “religious or moral objection.”
Last night's vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the comprehensive health care law passed by Congress in 2010, was a step backwards in dealing with America's health care crisis.
The League supports quality, affordable health care for all US residents. We should all have access to a basic level of care, including disease prevention, primary care (including prenatal and reproductive health), acute long-term care, mental health care and health promotion and education.