Women’s Health: Women’s Health on the Fiscal Cliff


Cecile Richards speaking at the Rally for Women's Health at Foley Square in Manhattan. Feb. 26, 2011

Cecile Richards

President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Like the vast majority of Americans, I want Congress to come to a deal that will avoid the budget conundrum known as the “fiscal cliff.” I want Congress to resolve this because I know what’s at stake for women.

Make no mistake: access to health care for millions of women is on the line if Congress fails to act and the fiscal cliff’s mandatory budget cuts take effect.

The American people sent a clear message on Election Day that women’s access to quality health care is not negotiable — and not political. Congress needs to listen to that message. Our nation is better — it is healthier — when as many Americans as possible have access to care. As President Obama has made clear, our nation’s budget problems can’t be solved on the backs of those…

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