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Reproductive Health Professionals Condemn House Vote on HR 358



Extremist ideological vote puts the life and health of women at risk to make political statement while ignoring national economic priorities

For Immediate Release
October 14,  2011

Statement by Wayne C. Shields, President and CEO

Yesterday’s vote by the US House of Representatives to support the “Let Women Die” bill (HR 358), represents a giant step backward in our civil society, and is the latest in an increasingly disturbing series of unreasonable and unconscionable political attacks on women’s lives and health.

The Association of Reproductive Professionals (ARHP) believes that decisions about managing their reproductive health always rest with individual women in consultation with health care providers, not with politicians. Disturbingly, HR 358 goes even further over the line: it would allow hospitals to refuse to provide a woman emergency, lifesaving abortion care, even if she will die without it. This is not acceptable and we can do better.

ARHP encourages Representatives to rethink this ideologically-based action, and implores US Senators to reject this disturbing bill.



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The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) is the leading source for trusted medical education and information on reproductive and sexual health. ARHP educates health care providers, informs consumers, and helps shape public policy. ARHP is a non-profit membership association composed of highly qualified and committed experts in reproductive health. ARHP members are health professionals in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy and they include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, researchers, educators, pharmacists, and other professionals in reproductive health. To learn more, visit: http://www.arhp.org.