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October-08-98

Congressional Denial of Contraceptive Coverage Called A "Travesty"

A provision to cover contraception in federal employees' health insurance plans, originally passed by both the House and the Senate, was overturned when Congressional leaders voted to approve the Treasury-Postal bill without including the provision.

Gloria Feldt, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, called the decision a "travesty," explainind that "Americans want preventive health programs." She went on to say, "It is unconscionable that anti-contraception members of Congress refuse to provide basic reproductive health care to their own employees."

Feldt reiterated the importance of contraceptive coverage, saying, "Guaranteeing equitable insurance coverage for contraception, along with information and health care, is an essential ingredient for enabling women and men to make responsible choices for themselves and their families. We must work to restore responsible choices to our political system so we are more able to enhance the public health and well being of all Americans."

Media Resources: PR Newswire - October 7, 1998]

   

     

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