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EMILY’s List Statement on the Trump Admin’s Threat to Restrict Californians’ Access to Abortion

For Immediate Release
January 24, 2020

EMILY's List Statement on the Trump Administration’s Threat to Restrict Californians’ Access to Abortion Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Trump administration threatened to restrict federal funds to California if the state continues to require health insurance plans to provide coverage for abortion. In response, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock issued the following statement:

“In yet another despicable move, the Trump administration has proved how little they value women’s health care. Denying California federal funds for insisting women have access to reproductive health care not only hurts women and their families, but also sets a dangerous precedent and jeopardizes entire communities that depend on federal resources. We’re proud to have so many pro-choice Democratic women at every level of office in California who will stand up against Republican attempts to chip away at women’s health care and reproductive freedom.”

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