FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 10, 2017
Contact: Christie Petrone, 646-520-3504, cpetrone@nirhealth.org

Statement by National Institute for Reproductive Health President Andrea Miller

“Members of the Senate confirmed Rep. Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary, imperiling the health and rights of millions of women whose access to health care Price favors restricting.

“During his 11 years in Congress, Rep. Price consistently championed policies that would undermine the well-being of women, and he worked to weaken the same programs that he will now oversee.

“Rep. Price has vigorously opposed women’s constitutionally recognized right to abortion care, voting repeatedly and consistently to deny abortion coverage for women with private health insurance, to withhold such coverage from low-income women, and to ban abortion care nationwide as early as 20 weeks. He has voted multiple times in favor of the Select Panel to investigate abortion providers, a partisan witch-hunt that has harassed and endangered researchers and abortion providers. The Congressman has also voted to eliminate Title X, which provides millions of people with basic health care services, and to defund Planned Parenthood. Rep. Price has voted more than 60 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and he is committed to undermining Medicaid, Medicare and other key parts of our nation’s social safety net.

“Rep. Price’s confirmation severely threatens women’s ability to access the full range of health care services and puts the health and lives of our most vulnerable individuals at risk.”

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The National Institute for Reproductive Health works across the country to increase access to reproductive health care by changing public policy, galvanizing public support, and normalizing women’s decisions to have abortions and use contraception.