Center for Inquiry Joins More Than 70 Groups in Opposing Attempts to Restrict Abortion Access

May 14, 2013

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) last week joined more than 70 organizations in writing members of Congress to oppose any attempts to add riders to the Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations process that would restrict women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care, such as abortion.  

In total, six letters were sent to thirteen federal lawmakers who are directly involved in the appropriations process in both chambers of Congress:

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) of the Senate Committee on Appropriations; Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) of the House Committee on Appropriations; Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) of the Senate Subcommittee on Financial Services; Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and Rep. Ed Pastor (R-AZ) the House Subcommittee on Financial Services; Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) of the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; and Rep. Rose DeLauro (D-CT) of the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.

In our letters to these representatives, we noted that:

“In recent years, there have been multiple attempts to use the appropriations process to incrementally chip away at women’s health. These measures create unjust obstacles to care for millions of women, including women of color, low-income women, immigrants, and rural women, severely restricting their ability to make the best health care decisions for themselves and their families.”

You can download the six letters in full here.

This effort was organized under the umbrella of the Coalition for Abortion Access and Reproductive Equity. Other signatories include the American Civil Liberties Union, American Association of University Women, Catholics for Choice, Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.